'Is My Son a Sexual Predator?' Aftermath

'Is My Son a Sexual Predator?' Aftermath
Dr. Phil has advice for learning to bond with a child you don't like.
After the show, the audience has their chance to talk to Dr. Phil. One woman shares her thoughts. "I commend the family for sharing their story. I sympathize so much with the mother and the father. I appreciate the father's reaction too, because so many times on talk shows you see the family hug and kind of band-aid the situation. And just the fact that he was angry and he expressed himself, I just appreciate that. It's so good to see a genuine family," she says. "I see the love in your family. It's so welcoming to see that on TV. It does bring up issues in your family where there's tough issues that you want to address and you need help with and you don't know where to go."

Another woman asks what is happening to Brad and Kenda's daughter. "We've gone to great, great pains to protect her identity," he assures her. "Believe me, Dr. Lawlis and myself and all the support people are primarily focused on her. That's our number one concern." Brad and Kenda nod in agreement.
Another woman asks: "Is this hereditary? How many times do you see families that have problems like this?"

"We don't know all the answers to that, frankly," Dr. Phil tells her, explaining that there may be a genetic component to it, but there has been no gene identified. "Are most molesters victims of molestation themselves? Yes. Is there a family component to that? It's hard to say because most of the offenses begin with family members, so it's hard to ferret all that out."

Dr. Lawlis shares his thoughts. "The gene concept is really not going to be very productive because what we really need to know is that a lot of these things do come out of some other kind of experience in the world. And that's good news, because that means we can change things," he says.

"As is the case here. We do have two people here who have that history, who have made a conscious and concerted effort to not only not continue that legacy, but to be sensitive to and stop it," Dr. Phil adds. "It is a multi-faceted phenomenon. But the fact that there is a member of the family that has shown that poor impulse control does not even at all predict that anybody else in the family will."