At last night’s Glamour 2007 Women of the Year Awards, presentee (and 2001 Glamour Woman of the Year recipient) Diane Sawyer spoke to OK! about her pal Oprah Winfrey’s recent South African school scandal. On Monday, Sawyer interviewed Oprah about the school controversy for Good Morning America.
“I thought it was beautifully handled,” said Sawyer, of Oprah’s actions following the abuse reports. “I know she is aching and her heart is broken from this. But she is doing everything she can possibly do and I think it’s demonstrating to people everywhere what we do when a child says they need help.”
Trouble at the leadership academy began two weeks ago when several students accused a dorm matron of physical and sexual abuse. The woman was suspended and eventually dismissed from her job at the school. She was later arrested on charges of assault and indecent assault and was released on bail yesterday morning.
In response to the allegations, Oprah has given each student a cell phone with her phone number programmed into it. Oprah, herself a victim of childhood abuse, has called the current situation, “one of the most, if not the most, devastating experiences of my life.”