Opray Winfrey says victims of physical and verbal abuse spend years rebuilding their self-esteem.
The media mogul recounted her own childhood physical and sexual abuse with David Letterman on Monday during an appearance at Ball State University as part of a lecture series the late-night television talk show host sponsors.
Winfrey told him, "Anybody who has been verbally abused or physically abused will spend a great deal of their life rebuilding their esteem."
The Star-Press of Muncie reports the two discussed their very different upbringings, the quality of television programming and other topics.
About 3,000 Ball State students and others attended the conversation at Emens Auditorium on the Muncie campus.
Hundreds of Ball State students camped out all night earlier this month to get free tickets for the event.