A Sister's Accusation: An Onstage Confrontation

August 3, 2012
Could you forgive someone, even under the most difficult circumstances? Ashley says she’s desperate to reconcile with her sister, Aliciea, who has refused to speak to her and their dying mother, Terri, for the last three years. Ashley and Terri say the bad blood began when they refused to believe that Ashley’s husband, Josh, molested Aliciea’s then 6-year-old daughter, Destiny. Aliciea says she’s angry that her family “threw her daughter away like trash” when they backed Josh, who was eventually convicted of the crime. Having vowed never to speak to them again, Aliciea reluctantly faces her mother and sister on Dr. Phil’s stage. Can Aliciea let go of her anger and let the healing process begin?



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Accusations and Denial

Ashley says when she confronted Josh about the molestation accusations, he told her that Destiny walked in on him while he was using the bathroom. She says she believed her niece was confused, so she continued to support her husband — even after he confessed to the crime. Feeling deeply betrayed, Aliciea confronts her sister for the first time in three years.


“I don’t give a * if he’s your husband. No man is worth your child. No man is worth your family.”

Aliciea makes a startling revelation about her family’s history.

A Dying Wish

Terri says she doesn’t have long to live, and that it’s her dying wish to reconcile with Aliciea and Destiny — before it’s too late. Will Aliciea forgive her?

Terri reveals something that Aliciea says she never knew about her mother.

Ashley makes a desperate plea to her sister. “I know you just hate me, and you just want me to die, but I’ll always love you, no matter what.”

Letting Go

Dr. Phil invokes the help of Bishop T.D. Jakes, author of Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, to help bring peace to this fractured family. Is Aliciea ready to start the healing process?

Bishop T.D. Jakes offers Aliciea insight on the powers of forgiveness. 

Dr. Phil urges Aliciea to let go of her anger for her daughter’s sake. “If you go through this life with this bitterness, she will go through life in a very affected way.”