"I think that everyone who's been abused, there is a string to the puppet master, and they're holding you hostage to your behaviors and what you do," Tyler Perry said to Oprah Winfrey in 2010, when the highest paid male in entertainment revealed that he was sexually abused by four adults while growing up. "At some point, you have to be responsible for them. What I started to do is untie the strings and chase them down to where they came from. And I was able to free myself and understand that even though these things happened to me, it was not me." It took Perry years to realize that and to speak out, which is why he finds the unidentified 11-year-old boy who was allegedly abused by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky such a pillar of strength.
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