2012 Shows

Every day, innocent children are being preyed upon and exploited by adults. Dr. Phil examines the shocking but growing trend of child pornography. Unthinkable to most people, sexually-explicit images of children are being created and distributed by thousands of criminals across the country, causing long-lasting trauma and damage to innocent victims. Richelle and Travis say they know firsthand what happens when a child suffers from such horrific abuse. They adopted 5-year-old Michael, who was a victim of a child pornographer, and although they felt prepared to help him recover, they had no idea what to expect once he hit puberty. Now 13, are there signs Michael may be continuing the cycle of abuse? And, Alicia says she was a typical 13-year-old honor roll student when she befriended an older man online who made her feel special and important. Now 24, she shares how their encounter turned her world turned upside down when he abducted, raped and tortured her, as well as filmed and distributed her abuse. Hear about her work as a victim's advocate and what she's doing to stop Internet predators. Plus, Justin, 25, says when he was 13, he was coerced by online predators into producing his own sexually-explicit images and videos. Learn how he says he was lured into the seedy underbelly of the Web and how he got out. Plus, don't miss the alarming statistics about child predators and what you can do to protect your children. Parents, this is a show you can’t afford to miss! Warning: This episode contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Replied By: highonfire2010 on Jan 19, 2014, 5:09AM

Replied By: strine on Sep 1, 2012, 7:54PM - In reply to tristisward
I was also shocked when they said they didn't expect him to act out like that at "such a young age" and "No one expects their child to do that", kids model what is taught to them and continue to do so unless "normal" is taught to them (and this was what his role model taught him). I really hope the little boy 'Michael' is in a treatment facility where no one is continuing to model this behaviour as "normal" for him.   Eventually with abused kids the "our little secret" bit becomes like a thrill for the ones who continue it on other children. His rapist would also have taught him how to lie and manipulate other people to get away with things too. The adoptive mother if thinking rationally would have thought, "Why wouldn't you expect him to act like that?".
Replied By: tyciol on May 30, 2012, 10:59AM - In reply to joni309
The problem I have with this classification is that calling what happened to Justin 'assault' is pretty ridiculous. Nobody touched him. He voluntarily (though 'groomed') took photos of himself.

What happened to Alicia is clearly assault, and calling the video taken of her a sexual assault or child rape image is totally accurate. Were this all they were lobbying for I'd agree. But when they throw in Justin and paint him as an equal, that throws out any validity in calling the entier issue an assault/rape issue. That guy never got assaulted. He's not in the same class.

Terms like groomed, misled, etc. sure that makes sense. I'm able to buy the guy got lied to, thought he was fapping for other teen girls his own age and not adult men or whatever. That's being tricked, deceived, etc. But to class it as 'assault' and compare it to someone pulled into a van and put in chains? That's insulting to victims of actual assault.
Replied By: tyciol on May 30, 2012, 10:52AM - In reply to aliciaproject
Or, y'know, you lobby for the suffrage of minors so that you CAN give them a vote and the right to speak up on their own behalf.

One problem I see with the argument about this being about a person's rights: when the child victims grow up and become informed and mature adults, sane and rational people: isn't it still criminal for them to look at, possess, distribute or sell, the very pictures of their own abuse?

If this is about their rights, why don't they have the right to control that media no matter what they want done with it?

Example: let's say Justin Berry, 20 years from now, is strapped for cash. Shouldn't he be able to capitalize, not just on any erotica he makes today, but also retain the option, should he wish, to sell the photos of his abuse?

I'm not saying he would, but that might occur to some people. Especially to those who perhaps were not complicit in pressing charges against people they engaged in sexual acts with. If this is indeed about the rights of victims, then I question why they do not possess the legal freedom of adults to make choices pertaining to media that only they were the victims in.
Replied By: tyciol on May 30, 2012, 10:46AM - In reply to jess_e
I disagree. Genuine friendships and relationships CAN be formed on the internet.

I wonder if the poster appreciates the irony of criticizing internet relationships on a Dr. Phil internet community message board.
Replied By: tyciol on May 30, 2012, 6:11AM
I found the way he was talking to be ridiculous. What Alicia suffered is so many leagues worse than what he did, yet he spoke as if they were equals or something.

Getting paid to take nude photos of yourself by yourself isn't anywhere near as traumatic as getting kidnapped, chained up, and raped in a basement.
Replied By: ynotu39 on May 25, 2012, 11:31AM
Why are we not given mandatory training to be loving, successful parents to our children?  I've heard repeatedly that an abuser usually suffered some form of abuse, too.  We teach what we know.  So, why don't we teach??

I hate that I can't trust my children's babysitter or their friends parents, or virtually anyone that isn't me or my husband and I 'should' keep a watchful eye on him, as well.  

What happened to the children on this episode is so outrageously heinous, that the thought they are numbers in a growing epidemic in our nation should have us making immediate changes. 

Why don't we care enough for our kids?  How can there be no mandatory training?  I would love to have ongoing training for those times when problems arise that I'm not qualified to handle. 
Replied By: uniquelyjewels on May 25, 2012, 5:54AM - In reply to thatgirlk
M'friend, I know EXACTLY what you're going through.

I'm also a single mom, with a son. I divorced his father who is now incarcerated for the 3rd time, for possessing and distributing child pornography.  I was the one who found it - several times. (We had split before the first time I found things on his computer, but my son was very young at the time, so we were still co-parenting.)

Now, actually just yesterday, I found out I was being called to testify , as I was the one who turned in all the evidence to the police, and turned in my ex-husband.

I'm also a survivor of long term molestation from my biological father, and was then raped three separate times, by three different people. I was working as a social worker in correctional settings, with women and children. I loved my job, but had to leave, as I was unable to properly help my clients. I was just feeling like I was getting back on my feet, when this happened again.

The images, and videos I found - well, the first time was 6 years ago, and they still keep me awake at night. And now, it's all happening again.

I too, feel unbelievably guilty, and inadequate as a parent, and as a woman, for not knowing sooner. I'm afraid in my home, and have 5 different locks on my front door, in some sort misguided attempt to "keep the bad out."

I've been in counselling for more years than I can count. luckily my son wasn't victimized sexually, but he's 8, so we haven't told him where Daddy is, and he constantly cries and asks for him. So, he's still a victim, we all are. And I can't even think straight when it comes to the sheer fact, that someday he's going to find out about his father, who he is, and what he's done.

I'm so grateful to be someone who has an incredibly supportive family.

But fortunately, (or unfortunately), they can't truly understand, because they haven't been though it themselves. And the only reason I know that for sure, is over the years, their responses to my behaviour, or statements, have been those of someone who has no understanding of what it's like to live day to day, and hour to hour, as a sexual abuse survivor, and as someone who was married to a sexual predator.

No, it never really goes away. I've just had to learn how to "put it's in place" in my mind, and my life. It's slowly getting better. But it never goes away.

I'm here, if you need someone to talk to.


Replied By: aliciaproject on May 25, 2012, 12:46AM
Thank you all for watching the show. I hope it touched your hearts and opened your eyes. Crime scene images of child rape (child pornography) is the fastest growing crime against children. But, there's hope. We can speak up! Children cannot vote. We must be their voice and speak for them.

Please go to www.facebook.com/AliciaProject for more information on what YOU can do to help us with Alicia's Law!


Alicia Kozakiewicz
Replied By: bcladie on May 24, 2012, 8:55PM
I have watched this Dr. Phil show and watching it was one of the toughest shows I have ever watched.  I was molested at a young age from my brother.  He always had a problem, mostly with anger so I was told.  I was 2 years old when my mother walked out the front door and saw my brother about to swing a baseball bat at my head....  he always beat up my other brother.... I can't say all that he would do but it was always something with intense anger.  Now this was back in the 60's so the information and help that is available now wasn't even close to being available back then.  Because of his anger my parents had to sign over all parent rights over to the government and he was sent to a facility to manage his anger. they may have taught him how to control his anger, but he was repeatively sexually assaulted at this facility and when they let him out he began trying what he learnt.  So my question and concern is that this young boy that was so ripped from the life he could have had and now place is this facility to get him help for his now predator ways, is he really getting the help he needs?  is there help to change him?  is it possible? I could only hope that there is the help and that change can happen....I hope and pray that there is because my brother eventually at the age of 38 commit suicide after a life of what I could only explain of internal hell.
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