2013 Shows

(Original Air Date: 05/03/13) From the outside, 27-year-old Jennifer says she appeared to be in a happy relationship with George, a former police officer who was 17 years her senior and the father of her three children. But behind closed doors, she says she was hiding a painful secret: She claims George started sexually abusing her when she was 8 years old -- while he was dating her mother and acting as Jennifer’s father figure. George is currently serving four-and-a-half years in prison for sexual battery, but Jennifer says many people in her town still refuse to believe her story, including George’s longtime friend, Brian. After Jennifer takes a polygraph test, and the results are revealed, how will Brian react? Plus, if you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, don’t miss Dr. Phil’s advice for how to move forward. This show contains strong sexual content. Viewer discretion advised.

Find out what happened on the show.
Replied By: ty_222222 on Aug 26, 2013, 7:15PM
  It took so much courage and strength to do what you are doing.  You are a special person!  I too was molested at a very young age (from 6 to 10) it was my eldest brother who sexually molested me.  I too never told anyone (I am working on talking about it with a therapist now).  Please take the help that Dr Philp is providing for you and use it to your full advantage, you may think you can handle all this yourself, at least I did... but now that I am 48 I have become overwhelmed with trying to deal.  unfortunately for me I never told, not even my husband, and now that my daughter is grown, I have more time to dwell on my thought, feelings and my anger towards my brother (who I still see at family fnctions).  Please learn from me, the more you hold in the more it takes a toll on your body and soul.  

And that defense lawyer for the child molester - who is a cop!  You live in a fantasy world if you don't believe this Woman - I know I lived the same way as Jennifer - in fear!  My brother was the authority figure when my parents were not home, he mentally, physically tortured me, getting me in trouble so I was the "bad" one, breaking things and blaming me to show what he could do if I told, also I was told that he would kill me if I told and with all the other things he did and got away with I was terrified that he would kill me!  How dare you say "if it really happened, she would have told someone"... May you rot in hell with the child molesting cop you defended!  Her childhood has been taken away from her, and that scumbag only got 4 years! that is a real crime as well!
Replied By: karynann on Aug 24, 2013, 12:04PM - In reply to terrikat50
I agree.  I posted this separately:  One thing that was not shown or addressed on yesterday's episode - What about the young daughter? has she shown any signs of sexual abuse by her father yet? Since this man has already shown that he is a pedophile and he doesn't respect the step-father/daughter relationship - has he already abused his young daughter? The kids need help, too.

Karyn Ann Bosso, San Francisco, CA

What I noticed was that Dr, Phil mentioned it, but never addressed it on the show.

Replied By: karynann on Aug 24, 2013, 11:55AM
One thing that was not shown or addressed on yesterday's episode - What about the young daughter? has she shown any signs of sexual abuse by her father yet? Since this man has already shown that he is a pedophile and he doesn't respect the step-father/daughter relationship - has he already abused his young daughter? The kids need help, too.

Replied By: lateharvest on Aug 24, 2013, 4:31AM
Brian's acceptanceof his friend's actions speaks volumes about his own character...or the lack thereof.  He and the lawyer that defended the scumbag are in the same category.
Replied By: debrasatt on Aug 23, 2013, 11:26PM
I was 13 when my oldest sister got married. It was the end of me, I don't have any pictures of me from 13 to 15. My sister's husband would leave me alone. I made a deal with him when he told me that he was touching my youngest sister she was 3 years younger then me. He could do anything to me if he left her alone, I could do it I melted down. No one believed me no one but my dad. In 1983 this monster got there 13 year old babysitter pregnant, I was still not believe,my sister divorced him his family convinced her to Anil the marriage in the catholic church, the monster with the help.of the church and family and town they were married. When the babysitter turn 18 and several kids later. I was still not believe. Town n knew I think the police knew and the church. The priest years later told me I needed to apologize to him and his family cause of the lies I told that he was from a good family and he was married to the girl. I must have encouraged him to do so. I didn't. I never apologized. I believe you I lived it.
Replied By: princessre on Aug 23, 2013, 6:00PM
...but I have to ask...

Why is it that when someone is proven as "telling the truth" the Liie Detector "cannot be used in a court of law" - yet if it proves the person is lying, it then becomes "something that will be reported to the proper authorities"...

Seems to me that the friend heard what he needed to hear. Now he needs to go home and ask his daughter if "his good friend" touched her or not.
Replied By: cocosurf on Aug 23, 2013, 5:39PM
They are everywhere. Look for yourself online. Think of all that are not online YET~Look more closely at people around you! Don't second guess an instict, the hairs on the back of your neck, something that is simply out of place, etcetera. Pay attention and REPORT! We need a LOUD Nation to Rise up against Those who hurt our KIDS.

In a small town like that.....how could all around turn their backs on what is so obvious? He is parading around with his gf's daughter for crying out loud! Why can't citizens in town speak out? Supporting him because he has a badge, really?! Come on people in small town USA and every other area of the US! When you see something that stands out as odd don't keep walking! You get involved! You ask questions, you report it. The more reporting the faster laws will change and these slime balls will stay in JAIL for longer than a shotty plea deal, a slap on the wrist, 3 x to get off and out of the system. Start an activist group in your neighborhood! It is our responsibility to get these sickos off the street!

The squeaky wheels get the grease! Put on your skates, hop on your bikes, toot your horns on your mopeds and pay attention when you are driving. Too many victims! Make a change for our KIDS!!!
Replied By: jibiramirez on Aug 23, 2013, 4:23PM
Congratulations Jennifer on the courage it took for you to be on the show! I will never forget you....and the pain that was so visisble. I recognized that look....

I have also lived a nightmare very much like yours.

My stepfather.....who was an elder in the church, as well as an HR executive in the banking industry. My nightmare started when I was 5 years old. The sexual abuse and pornography went on for 12 years. 

Most people think that when abuse like ours is brought to the attention of family and anyone within the legal system, that everything will be better. That is rarely the truth.

What should have been the beginning of a new chapter in my life was actually the catalyst of what my life is like from this point on.

The ugliness of the truth that came out after 12 years of sexual abuse was that my family and individuals within the community turned their back on me. My mother is currently waiting for my stepfather to get out of prison. Everyone in my family (sisters, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins) have turned their back on me.

The day I testified in court several family members showed up in support of my stepfather. Even after "he" admitted to the abuse - prior to there being any court involvement...everyone in my "world" felt that "God" wouldn't want this "incident' to destroy our family.

The only person who sat in court in support of me is my bestfriend...who I am now married to! It has been 5 years since I last saw anyone of my family, and more years of not speaking to any of them.

I actually moved to the US to avoid any kind of run in that could potentially exist if I had stayed in Canada. Up until recently I truly felt a sense of calm with the knowledge that none of my family knew where I was.

That ended last December when I received a card from my mother letting me know that she had "forgiven" me. Can you believe that?

In any case.....if I could've....I would've run up to that stage and hugged you during today's show. I will never forget you...and you will always be in my prayers.

Remember....courage is the mastery of fear - not the absence of it!

Lots of hugs :)
Replied By: terrikat50 on Aug 23, 2013, 4:07PM
Just before the end of the show, Dr. Phil says:  "Coming up, Jennifer says she suspects something is going on with her oldest childand we'll talk about that when we come back..."  Dr. Phil, I rewound the show back to that statement 3 times to make sure I quoted it correctly.  When you came back, nothing was said about Jennifer's suspicions about her oldest child!  Kinda leaves a person hanging.
Replied By: katlynne on Aug 23, 2013, 4:04PM
This attorney is making a living off people who pay him a retainer to defend them.  Maybe it's time we stopped doing business with attorneys who defend child molesters and who go on television and blame the victim.  Let's send Mr. Shaminsky a message that his behavior is not acceptable and won't be tolerated or rewarded.
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