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Twin Sisters on Oprah
More than any other celebrity, Oprah has done her part to take the shame and mystery away from the subject of child sexual abuse. If you've watched the show this season, several episodes have been devoted to this important topic. (Stacey Lannert appeared on Oprah almost two years ago.) I was moved by the recent appearance of the twin sisters, Kellie and Kathie, who were raped daily by their brothers and fathers. The story was heartbreakingly brutal and sad. But their story had the best possible ending. The sisters bravely told a neighbor what was happening. That neighbor didn't act immediately, but she did act. The proper chain of events happened: authorities were called, supportive adults stepped in and perpetrators were charged. Eventually, the brothers and dad were sent to prison for their crimes. The sisters were obviously still healing, but at least they saw justice served.
About Stacey Lannert
Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.