“Duck Dynasty” ladies have their say in a new book “The Women of Duck Commander,” which reveals many of the different aspects of being the wife or mother of the men who made a dynasty out of duck hunting. Along with the great times, some of the darker periods in the lives of Kay, Korie, Missy, Jessica and Lisa Robertson were revealed.
It is Lisa who suffered sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a relative, according to Time Magazine on April 1. Lisa did a brave thing, revealing this very dark time in her life. This reveal may help other people out there with a similar story. Lisa wants them to know that they were not alone.
Lisa is Alan’s wife and she just joined the show in their fourth season. She shares in the book what it was like as a little girl to be so betrayed by this relative saying:
“As a little girl, I had an extended family member who had major drug and alcohol problems. Unfortunately, that person lived with my grandparents, so I had to see him often. Because I spent so much time at my grandparents’ house, I was easy prey for him. My earliest memory of being molested was at the age of seven when he started to do things to me, things that made me feel bad and dirty.”
Like many other women, this was something Lisa kept secret for years. She didn’t let her parents know about this until she was grown, married and had her own kids. This abuse went on until Lisa was a teen. It didn't stop until she told her abuser that she was going to tell her father and that he would kill him.
While the abuse stopped the residual effects stayed with her for years. This left her thinking that her main purpose in life was to please men. This mindset ultimately led Lisa into straying outside her marriage. It was when she let religion play more of a role in her life that the healing finally began for her.
Lisa’s reasons for sharing the abuse in the book, which many thought would be full of light hearted antics on parenting and cooking, was to send a message to others who have suffered a similar fate. To know that the lingering effects of this trauma don't have to shape the rest of your life could be helpful for other victims.
She shared her reasons with the Time interviewer:
“…I want all abuse survivors to know they have hope. They can have hope for complete healing, hope for great relationships, and hope for a wonderful life, free from the lingering effects of the trauma they have suffered.”
Sharing this dark time in her life was a very unselfish act on Lisa’s part. This is a topic that many would shy away from, especially being in the public eye today.