A Story Of Triumph And Forgiveness Of The Past [VIDEO]

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This story touched my heart.

In 2002, Teresa Clay appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and shared her unforgettable story of abuse, revealing that her mother’s boyfriend had been sexually molesting her for years. When she found the courage to tell her mother, her mom chose the boyfriend over her.

forgiveness of the past

While I do not share her exact experience, I have been subject to similar situations  as a child, and I know how difficult it can be to forgive the ones who are either directly responsible, or the ones who didn’t believe you when you reached out for help. However, I also know how powerful and liberating forgiveness of those who were at fault can be.


Take a look below as Teresa shares her story, and the moment that led her to reach out to her family in her adulthood. She also discusses how revelations about her mother’s past helped her learn to forgive forgive those who had wronged her, and how she finally gained triumph over her past.



video and image source: YouTube/OWN TV


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    • Greetings Teresa: you are most welcome. Having experienced sexual violence as a child at the hands of people I knew, I definitely relate to what you went through and how you feel in the present. Please know that you are not alone. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you and thank you for being brave and sharing your story with the world.

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