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Tyler Perry Writes Letter To 11-Year-Old About Penn State 'Monster'

Tyler Perry, who was sexually abused a young age, has written an open letter to the 11-year-old boy who spoke up about the alleged abuse at Penn State by former coach Jerry Sandusky.

"I don't know your name, but I know your face," begins Perry in the letter published in 'Newsweek'. "I don't know your journey, but I know where you are. I am your brother!"

"I must tell you, what you have done is so courageous. The strength that it must have taken for your 11-year-old voice to speak out about such a horrible act is something that I didn't have the strength or courage to do at that age."

"I was a very poor young black boy in New Orleans, just a face without a name, swimming in a sea of poverty trying to survive. Forget about living, I was just trying to exist. I knew what was happening to me, but unlike you, I couldn't speak about it because no one saw me. I was invisible and my voice was inaudible."

"So to think that you, when you were only 11 years old, spoke up—you are my hero! I'm so proud of you. You have nothing to be ashamed of. I want you to know you didn't do anything wrong. It's not your fault. Please know that you were chosen by a monster. You didn't choose him."

"You didn't ask for it and, most of all, you didn't deserve it. What a huge lesson that was for me to learn. Your 11-year-old self was no match for wicked, evil tactics of this kind. You were hunted like prey. A pedophile looks for the young boys he thinks he can manipulate."

"Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down?," he asks. "All of the ones who didn't go to the proper authorities, all of the ones who were worried about their careers, reputations, or livelihoods."

"All of the ones who didn't want to get involved. Or even the ones who tried to convince your mother not to fight. You are stronger than them all! I wonder what they would have done if it were their own child."

"No matter what happens next, just know that the hardest part is over. I wish the coward and very sick individual who hurt you would have the courage to admit his wrong and not put you through a trial. But he will most likely profess his innocence until the bitter end. And probably, all the while, yelling at the top of his lungs about all he has done to help troubled young boys."

"You may have to go through with that trial, and you may feel all alone when you're on that witness stand, but just know that there are millions of young boys and grown men who are standing with you—including me," says Perry. "If every man who has ever been molested would speak up, you would see that we're all around you."

"You may not know all of our faces and names, but my prayer is that you feel our strength holding you up. You will get through this; you've already endured the worst part at age 11. Now fight on, my young friend, fight on! We are all with you."

November 29, 2011 |

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