Tyler Perry, a survivor of sexual abuse as a child, has penned an open letter to a former 11-year-old who spoke out about their alleged abuse at the hands of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
“What you have done is so courageous,” Tyler wrote in an open letter to the unnamed person, who is no longer 11, in Newsweek. “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.”
The “Madea” movie mogul, who, in 2009, after the release of “Precious,” opened up about his own sexual abuse as a child, commended the unnamed alleged victim for his courage.
“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,” Tyler continued. “So to think that you, when you were only 11 years old, spoke up — you are my hero! I’m so proud of you.”
Tyler said if the unnamed alleged victim does have to head to court to give testimony, he will have the support of millions, including Tyler himself.
“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,” he added. “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.”