Mackenzie Phillips to Accept “Voice of Courage Award”

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Mackenzie Phillips has been honored as Darkness to Light’s “Voice of Courage Award” recipient for our 2009 Circle of Light Gala. In a tell-all book out Wednesday, the former childhood actress reveals that her dad, musician John Phillips of the ’60s band the Mamas and the Papas, engaged with her in a long-term incestuous relationship.

Phillips, 49, who has survived drug addiction, arrests and divorce, writes in her book High on Arrival that she was already a star playing a boy-crazy teen on the TV sitcom One Day at a Time when her father had sex with her on the night before she was to marry Jeff Sessler, a member of the Rolling Stones entourage, in 1979.

We’re honoring Mackenzie because her work has been integral in raising awareness about the issue of child sexual abuse and incest in particular. Sadly, 30-40% of all child sexual abuse cases involve a family member. “If I’ve started a national dialogue that’s going to help people face these issues, then I’m forever grateful,” Phillips, 49, said via satellite during a live broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The link below is a video showing Mackenzie reading an excerpt from her memoir on Oprah and reactions from women who have faced similar traumatic experiences

Women Respond to Mackenzie

One response to “Mackenzie Phillips to Accept “Voice of Courage Award”

  1. On the other side of the spectrum,
    The government has created a New Underclass of people. This new underclass is growing in leaps and bounds.
    Once a person is labeled into this new underclass of united states citizens, their life is basically over as stated by congressman Bobby Scott.
    Children as young as 8 years old are being labeled and placed in this new underclass of people.
    The new underclass, Anyone who wears the label Sex Offender.
    Come find out how countless thousands of lives are being ruined by retroactively enacted laws., Citizens for Change, America

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