A Horrifying Sleepover

Diona cries when it's her turn to tell the group her victim story. "I don't think I can, Dr. Phil. It's so embarrassing," she says.

Kaylee and Angie are moved by Diona's emotion, and tears run down their faces.

Dr. Phil holds his hand out for her. Diona takes it and stands. She gathers herself and begins, "My father's Greek, so we lived in Greece, but we were here visiting some family. And my mom and my family had a family friend, and her daughter, I believe, was 15, 16 ½ years old."

"What happened Diona?" Dr. Phil asks.

Crying, she continues, "One night, we were all making our way to the bed, to go to bed that night, and she stepped up and said, ‘Well, Diona can sleep in here with me.' And that night, from the time everybody went to sleep, I'd say about 11:00, until probably 7:00 in the morning, she molested me. She used objects on me " knives, pretty much whatever. She made me perform oral sex on her to the point where my mom came over the next day and had brought donuts, and my mom said, ‘Diona, why aren't you eating any donuts?' I just remember looking at my mom, and I was, like, ‘I can't.' I could hardly even talk. And I remember not saying anything just out of fear. I didn't know. I was so confused."

"And it changed who you are," Dr. Phil says.

"Definitely did," she says. "I can tell you one thing: My kids, it will be very, very difficult for them to stay away from home."

Dr. Phil tells the group, "You didn't ask for this. You didn't ask for these things to happen to you, but sometimes it just happens. You can be a victim " certainly when you're a child. Carina, you shouldn't have had to do what you had to do. You shouldn't have had to put yourself between your parents and your baby brother and sister. That's not fair. It changed who you were. It made you mean, it made you tough, it made you fight so nobody could get to you. It took away your gentle side. That's not fair to you.

 

"It gets down to accountability. What do you own? Do you own what happened to you at that age? Absolutely, unequivocally no. You don't own one tenth of one percent of that stuff. Life isn't fair. Nobody said it is. It doesn't matter how smart you are, how rich you are, how healthy you are, how educated you are. There are some things in this life you just can't dodge."