"And when my mother died, something was done differently, so she was with her five children to look after," she says. "In summary, this is not something I want to talk about."
O & # 39; Donnell was 10 when his mother died, Roseann, from breast cancer.
O & # 39; Donnell shared the statement in his upcoming "Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of & # 39; The View & # 39; 2.
"Of course, it changes everything," he said in a variety of abuses. "Any child placed in that position, especially someone in the family, is totally powerless and stuck, because the person you are talking about is the person who does it."
The former talk show host is an uncontrolled advocate for other suspected victims of sexual abuse including Dylan Farrow.
He said he had forgiven his father, even though he felt that some of what he did to him and his brothers were "unpardonable."
"You'll be 50 years old that you can not get angry with what your dad did in 1970," says O & # 39; Donnell. "You need to work it for yourself and find a place for it in your life and not rehash it forever."