Mama June, Honey Boo Boo & Child Predators

     Even if you have never seen the show, most people are aware of Honey Boo Boo and her family.  In the article that follows, you will find a link to access several short clips of Dr. Phil’s interview with Mama June, Honey Boo Boo’s mother. The interview covers the recent revelations that Mama June was in a relationship with the man who had years earlier been convicted of molesting one of her daughters. 

     Some may consider the style of interview and video editing as questionable in their professional standards.  However, the factors that permit child sexual abuse as revealed in this video and in the other interviews and articles surrounding this story are important.  Through these interviews with Mama June, we see the many layers of dysfunction, manipulation, denial, and poor choices that foster the sexual assault of children.  Remember, these predators are found across all racial & socio-economic backgrounds.  Remember, these victims are found across all racial & socio-economic backgrounds.

  • I encourage you to watch the videos and read the articles that will continue to present themselves as this story evolves—without judgment.
  • I encourage you to mine these artifacts for the enabling characteristics, behaviors & beliefs that permitted predators to gain access to this family.
  • I encourage you to examine what you would have done if you had been aware of the danger this woman was putting her children in.
  • I encourage you to explore how you would educate Mama June, on her level, about her mistakes and how to effect positive change in her own thinking and patterns.
  • I encourage you to do these things because there are Mama Junes in our midst.  There are sexual predators of children in our midst.  In order to help the children we must begin to understand all of the factors involved.   JDP

The “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Scandal: Mama June Speaks Out  (November 17, 2014)

The following statement was taken from the Dr. Phil web site:

Earlier this year, 9-year-old former child pageant star Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson saw her four-year reality television reign come to an end after reports surfaced that her mother, June “Mama June” Shannon, was allegedly dating convicted sex offender Mark McDaniel — who pleaded guilty to molesting Mama June’s oldest daughter, 20-year-old Anna, who recently publicly confirmed that she was his victim.

Mama June denies being romantically involved with McDaniel, who was released from prison in March 2014 after serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation. In a daytime television exclusive, Dr. Phil travels to Georgia to visit Mama June. How does she answer to allegations that she has allowed McDaniel around her younger children?…Does she have her children’s best interests at heart?

Here is the link to the videos:

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Here are a few facts from the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)

Victims of Sexual Abuse:  Child/Teen Victims

  • In a 2012 maltreatment report, of the victims who were sexually abused, 26% were in the age group of 12–14 years and 34% were younger than 9 years. 9
  • Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault. 4
  • Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. 1
  • 8% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17. 1
  • 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 5
  • 69% of the teen sexual assaults reported to law enforcement occurred in the residence of the victim, the offender, or another individual. 5
  • Teens 16 to 19 years of age were 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.6
  • Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. 7

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