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UT Professor Puts Father-Daughter Incest under Investigation

With the debut of actress Mackenzie Phillips’ new book alleging her sexual relationship with her father, incest suddenly has become the subject of television talk shows and water-cooler discussions. Such frank talk may be uncommon, but the problem has been around forever. Lynn Sacco, an assistant professor of history at UT Knoxville, in July published her first book, “Unspeakable: Father-Daughter Incest in American History.” In the book, Sacco used sources from medicine, law, social reform and popular culture to document both the occurrence of incest and the noisy silence around the subject.