Taryll Jackson: I Was Molested as a Child

Season 4 Episode 418
Aired on 04/29/2017 | CC tv-pg
Taryll Jackson, Michael Jackson's nephew, has been struggling in his relationship with his girlfriend, Breana. The two believe that Michael's death and the murder of Taryll's mother are what started their breakdown, but Iyanla senses that the real trouble began much earlier.

In her sit-down with Taryll, Iyanla tries to understand why he thinks he needs to punish himself by staying in a broken relationship. That's when the father of two courageously makes a big confession about his own childhood: He was sexually violated at a young age by a male family member.

"I want to be clear," Taryll says. "It was a relative, but it wasn't any of my father's brothers."

Iyanla then helps Taryll see how this childhood trauma is having an impact on his adult relationships today. "You think this is about [Breana]," Iyanla says, shaking her head. "It is so much about you."

If you are struggling or need help, visit RAINN's National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's website.