On The Stern Show Tuesday morning the shock jock discussed his disgust at Julie Chen's decision to stick by her disgraced husband, former CBS President Les Moonves, following allegations he sexually assaulted several women. The conversation triggered bad memories for co-host Quivers.
"I lived this," Quivers, 66, said. "Seeing someone stand by their man after learning they had molested their daughter. Where do you think I grew up?"
Stern, 64, replied: "Oh that's right, that's your life story. You witnessed that. You went to your mom and told her 'mom, dad molested me.'"
Quivers admitted to Stern she had been afraid to tell her mom as a child because she feared she would still stick by his side.
"Telling her as an adult, she still didn't leave. She got upset....I was probably in my thirties," Quivers explained. "What the deal was... was I wasn't speaking to them. And she said 'okay I want to know why.' And I told her."
"We were only on letter writing terms. So I wrote down what happened. I wrote that I was 11-years-old, 'you used to go shopping, and then dad you know would try to have his way with me.'"
Stern asked Quiver's if she wrote her back.
"Yeah, she said she was so angry at him, but clearly not enough to leave him," Quivers responded. "I was completely explicit. And I told her the anguish and horror it was for me."
"That's why I kept my mouth shut, because even then I knew it would get warped. Because one day she did accuse me of 'colluding with my father — that we got together and kept something from her.' Can you imagine me having to deal with that when I was 11."
Quivers first detailed her sexual abuse in her 1995 autobiography Quivers: A Life.
"For a very long time, I kept the secret, and it controlled my life," Quivers wrote. "Once I spoke about it, got the help and support I needed, it changed me. I was freed to be happy, successful. It wasn't gonna happen while I was under the effects of abuse. I want people to know you don't have to be a permanent victim."
"It was like a nuclear explosion going off in my life, destroying everything," she recalled of the alleged abuse.
"The things I thought I knew about the world were all wrong. The things I thought I knew about myself were wrong, too. I was left with nothing, and in the wake of this nothing, I had to figure out how to make myself safe again."
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