Speaking Point: Former child star Mackenzie Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas singer John Phillips, alleges in a new book, High on Arrival, that she and her father had a long-term, consensual incestuous relationship which began the night before her wedding and that he introduced her to cocaine. John died in 2001 after a lifelong battle with drugs and alcohol. Mackenzie urges the public not to hate her father, who's now dead, and can't confirm nor deny the accusations.
Dr. Sheila Forman is both a clinical psychologist and attorney who comments on the psychological and legal issues affecting our society today. She is the author of several self-help books and is on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University.
Speaking Point: What is Incest?
Speaking Point: · Incest is said to have occurred when sexual contact or sexual relations occur between people in an extended family. Incest may include inappropriate touching, forced object penetration of the vagina and/or rectum, exposing one's genitals, forced sexual and/or anal intercourse and forced oral sex.
Speaking Point: · Incest affects both male and female children, although many people are reluctant to talk about it because it happens in the family and family is supposed to be a safe place for children.
Speaking Point: · The penalty or punishment for sex crimes can vary greatly in different parts of California. Some counties have special "Sex Crime Units" within the office of the District Attorney where experienced specially trained prosecutors prosecute these offenses.
Speaking Point: · A sex crime, such as lewd conduct is charged as a misdemeanor and can result in jail time up to one year in a county jail.
Speaking Point: · However, felony sex offenses such as child molestation and rape can require registration as a sex offender, years of formal probation, jail time or a state prison sentence, fines, and psychiatric counseling.