Twins Survive Unimaginable Abuse

On Monday Anderson spends the hour with twins Kristen and Will Stillman, who endured twelve years of abuse, torture and sexual assault by one man and his family. When they were only 8 years old, their mother, Karen Stillman, literally gave them to an abuser, Eric Torrez. Kristen finally turned to the police for help when her four children (all born as a result of sexual abuse) were placed in the custody of her abuser and his family.

In this moment from Monday's show, Anderson speaks with the twins' biological mother, Karen, who is currently serving sixteen years in prison for knowing about the abuse and doing nothing to stop it.

Will reacts to seeing Karen after having spoken to her in almost five years and says, "I wish I had a mom that would have cared about me when I was younger."

Watch Will's emotional response to seeing Karen...

Anderson also speaks with the twins' mother, who is currently serving sixteen years in prison for knowing about the abuse and doing nothing to stop it. Anderson talks with Kristen and Will about remaining resilient through such horrific circumstances, and their current outlook on life… and what they see for their future.

Anderson asks Will and Kristen Stillman, who survived twelve years of unimaginable abuse, what got them through, and what their advice is for others?

In this clip Will gives his advice on how the public can help save a life...

The horrific abuse endured by Kristen and Will Stillmen could have been prevented if someone paid attention, spoke up and raised a red flag.

"We all have to be tenacious," says Former FBI Profiler and NBC News Analyst Clint Van Zandt. "You can't just stop at one call. You have to make multiple calls."

If you have suspicions that a child may be in danger, please reach out:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)
http://www.ncmec.org

Childhelp: National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)
http://www.childhelp.org

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