Sex predator dads cause psychological scars on their kids, experts say
The arrest of Jerry Sandusky’s son on child molestation charges is a behavioral study and a child psychology seminar rolled up into one.
“When we’re dealing with a sexual predator in the family, the person doesn’t operate in a vacuum, and it causes a chain reaction in the family,” said psychologist Jeffrey Gardere. “Whether molested or not. That kind of psychological cancer in the family can affect members of the family in different ways.”
It was never clear if adopted son Jeffrey was ever abused as a child by his father. But just being around the dysfunctional environment where the predator dad took advantage of children in his care is sure to leave psychological scars, experts said.
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