During this time O later revealed she suffered from abuse and was raped by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend Oprah ran away from home, ran wild and narrowly escaped being sent to a juvenile detention center.
“I grew up in an environment where children were seen and not heard,” she said.
The media mogul recounted her own experiences with abuse, which included being raped at the age of nine, during an appearance at Ball State University, Indiana, part of a lecture series fellow chat show host David Letterman sponsors at his alma mater.
“Anybody who has been verbally abused or physically abused will spend a great deal of their life rebuilding their esteem,” Winfrey said in front of 3,000 students.
She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee with her father and her stepmother Zelma.
Vernon by this time had become a successful businessman and city-council member.