Dr. Phil: George Gibson Attorney Sam Shamansky – ‘It Didn’t Occur”
Dr. Phil asked Sam Shamansky, the defense attorney for George Gibson, a tough question. If George has such a morally wrong relationship with Jennifer starting at 16, why would anyone believe that nothing happened before that? Shamansky responded with another question and a conclusion–if it was going on, why didn’t Jennifer tell anybody after all that time? “The answer is, is because it didn’t occur,” said Shamansky.
Dr. Phil: George Gibson’s Attorney Is Blaming The Victim
“What you are doing is blaming the victim?” Dr. Phil shot back, “It is absolutely absurd to place the burden of reporting this on an eight-year-old or 12-year-old child.” A police officer in a small town, as George Gibson was, is a “big fish in a small pond,” he continued.
To Jennifer, with George’s big fish status in the little pond that was their town, it was far too daunting a task to expect of such a young girl. George had a uniform and a badge, while Jennifer had nothing but herself and her fear.
George Gibson, a police officer and Jennifer’s stepfather, showed that he is not a man to be trusted with any kind of power, or at all if he was willing to use that power to get away with such crimes. Dr Phil said Gibson did this by committing the acts that he pleaded guilty to, and continuing to have children with her.
Dr. Phil: George Gibson Attorney – “She Is Hardly A Shrinking Violet”
In all fairness, Jennifer had become a full grown adult by the time the allegations came against George Gibson. Sam Shamansky said that she was no longer a child and the fear was no longer there. He thought it all too convenient that this all came to light just as a custody battle was brewing on the gloomy horizon of her and George’s relationship. It should be noted, however, that, according to The Women’s Center, two thirds of abuse such as this go unreported.