Abducted in Plain Sight's Jan Broberg defends "guiltless" parents following Netflix documentary

Catherine Earp
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From Digital Spy

Abducted in Plain Sight has been a huge talking point among Netflix fans since it landed on the streaming service.

It tells the story of Jan Broberg, who was abducted by her family's close friend Robert 'B' Berchtold when she was just 12.

But the events that followed were even more bizarre, with both her parents entering a separate sexual relationship with Berchtold, before Jan was abducted a second time.

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Speaking on Lorraine, a now-adult Jan spoke about how her parents handled the situation and the backlash they received.

"As an adult, I now know that grooming happens to the entire family – that's how a predator gains access to a child," she told the host.

"They build trust with the mother and the father and then find a way to divide them, so they're not paying attention to anything that might be going on with their child.

"My parents didn't know at all. They are absolutely guiltless in this whole thing and if you could go through the timeline slowly and watch the documentary more than once, you'll be able to see when that happened.

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"'Oh, is there someone I'm dating right now and they're not actually after me, they're after my daughter or son?' It's a common problem and a big epidemic."

Speaking about moving on after years of being groomed, she added: "I've done plenty of therapy... I had a wonderful 12 years with wonderful parents.

"I was one of the lucky ones that I think had all the right pieces in order to heal from that horrible abuse."

Lorraine airs weekday mornings on ITV at 8.30am.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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