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Kansas twins share sex abuse story on ‘Oprah’ show

January 30, 2011


— The 19-year-old Kansas twins told their own story of sexual abuse at the hands of their father and two brothers to a local newspaper in hopes of inspiring others to report such crimes.

Now, Kellie and Kathie Henderson will retell their story at a taping in Chicago with Oprah Winfrey and her 7 million viewers on her daytime television show.

The show is expected to air sometime next month.

The Hendersons have said they revealed their lives as sex abuse victims in a three-part series in The Wichita Eagle last month with the hope of inspiring others to report abuse.

State regulators say they have received several reports of sexual abuse because of the story series.

"While we haven't had a big influx of reports, I would say that we had a few that specifically said when they reported suspected sexual abuse that they were reporting because of having read the article," said Jean Hogan, director of the Wichita regional office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. "If even one child is protected as a result, it is positive."

The Eagle series described how the Henderson twins were sexually abused for about 10 years. At age 13 in March 2005, they confided in neighbors who called police. The sisters regard the neighbors and police who investigated as heroes who saved their lives. Kathie said she had contemplated suicide before their rescue.

The girls' father, Brad, and a brother, Andrew, were convicted in 2005 of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties and won't be eligible for parole until 2028. Another brother, Matthew, was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties and will be eligible for parole in 2012.

Kellie Henderson said she is glad she and Kathie will now tell their story to Winfrey and a national audience with the hopes of encouraging more victims or potential rescuers to report the abuse.


pace 7 years, 3 months ago

Probably more good than L's who sit around telling other people how they should spend their day, I recently read a self absorbed piece of too many people writing too many memoirs. These women and Oprah are owning and living their own life. The memoirs of a million people would be of more interest to me than the memoirs of celebrities in rehab. Good for them. If the people who watch a tv show become inspired or are emboldened to save themselves, bless them..

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