Mackenzie Phillips: Sex Was "Not Consensual"

mackenzie philips sex not conensual

Actress says she'd like to "reframe" the incest narrative.

Last night, on HLN's The Joy Behar Show, Mackenzie Philips said she'd "like to reframe [the] word 'consensual'" when discussing the long-term incestuous relationship she had with the musician — and her father — John Philips of the Mamas and the Papas. Mackenzie Phillips Says Father Raped Her

As I was writing the book, I thought, this word, it kept sitting wrong with me, but I used it for lack of a better word, and since then I've been schooled by thousands of incest survivors all across the world that there really is no such thing as consensual incest due to the inherent power a parent has over a child," she said.

"So, I wouldn't necessarily call it a consensual relationship at this time." [CNN]

Philips goes on to speak about the tremendous amount of support found from the larger community after coming forward with her story — support and strength that has allowed her to speak out again. How To Know When Sex Is Not Consensual

"I took on a lot of responsibility in High On Arrival," her tell-all book on the relationship, "because I was trying to preserve my father's memory for some reason."

And, she speculates with Behar and Dr. Drew, because she was older, a teenager, when the abuse started.

This protection of the abuser "is a very typical thing you'll find survivors doing" she says. "And I'm learning all of this after the fact, after I've already bared myself in the book."

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