October 29, 2002
“Donna,” 34, wants to know if what she experienced growing up was normal. She is confused as to whether the “games” her brothers played with her were innocent, or if she experienced abuse.
When she was about 10 years old, and her brothers were 15 and 16, one would hold her down while the other would touch her. They called it a “game of rape.” Years later, she learned that they had also drilled holes in her bedroom walls to watch her undress. Her siblings justify it as “innocent curiosity,” and disagreement over how to define what happened has caused a rift in her family.
Dr. Phil makes it clear that what happened was unacceptable.