By Roberta Downing
February 11, 2018
Trump takes to twitter to claim there is no due process for men who stand accused of sex crimes and domestic violence. He’s gone as far as to state “People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by mere allegation. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused- life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
The tweet is the first response concerning the MeToo movement, where men and women who are victims of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence are standing up and naming names and despite the fact that several government officials have committed such acts and been found guilty, Trump has claimed that he has “grabbed women by the pussy” and he surrounds himself with men who have committed sexual crimes.
Women are responding to his comment saying that it makes them sick to their stomachs that POTUS would actually say such words. My very own comment to his tweet is “Due process? I cannot believe you would dare say that! It makes me literally sick to my stomach! Where is the due process for the victims?! Stop protecting your sexual deviants and make them accountable for their actions!”
Sarah Lauridsen responded by saying “I wonder if the women you abused felt like you shattered their lives through your violence and callousness.” Others are citing a full page ad that Donald Trump paid for in 1989 calling for the death penalty of teenagers for their violent crimes before they had even gone to trial.
The fact is, people’s lives are being shattered everyday by people who commit heinous sexual and domestic violence acts. The victims are left broken, beaten, frightened and most can never seem to put those brutal and hateful acts behind them. The victims have to live and relive what happened to them on a daily basis and moreover, most of them enter into the mental health system and usually diagnosed with battered wives syndrome or PTSD. They are placed on medications to help them to manage the nightmares, flash backs, panic attacks and depression and while some might seek counseling most do not.
While it is most certainly a possibility that some men are being falsely accused in the wake of the MeToo movement, some are wondering if perhaps the movement has gone too far. For those who are part of the crusade and making their voices heard and calling for accountability, perhaps the cause hasn’t gone far enough.
January 8, 2018
By Roberta Downing
This year’s Golden Globe Awards was most certainly a very loud statement against the sexual predators in Hollywood and a call to put an end to the heinous acts. Many actors spoke about the topic at the event however the one person who was not present, that has more firsthand knowledge about the pedophiles and sexual crimes in Hollywood, was Corey Feldman.
Feldman has been publicly speaking about the grave injustices being done to children in the film industry since 1998 and even had it as a topic in his television show with Corey Haim. He has said that “They look for children who come from a broken home. They look for these kids because these kids need a friend and they are easy targets.”
In a personal video Feldman released on his twitter page on January 7th, he states “I was not invited” to be there with his peers. It is an outrage when it looks as if all of Hollywood is coming together, making it appear as if they are using one voice and yet exclude the one man who has found the courage and heart to stand up and call out those who are responsible for harming children in the industry. Feldman is a real hero. He is someone that children can look up to and know that someone is fighting for them.
It isn’t easy to speak up about abuse. An abuser will do anything, say anything to keep their victim under control including spreading lies to make their victim appear to be liars, unreliable or even make them look as if they have mental issues so that when the person does find the courage to tell the truth that person has already been silently seen as unstable by those who could help them.
Hollywood is a country all to itself with so many men with almost unlimited wealth in control of the film industry and that makes it very dangerous for anyone to come forward with allegations of any kind of wrong doing especially any kind of sexual misconduct. The danger comes in many forms from harassment, trolling, spreading of lies and most importantly the money to hire teams of lawyers to defend the person who has been accused and the ability to blacklist the accuser. Feldman has stated that these men are “darkness” and are “against God.”
It is a very sad day when someone who is dedicating his life to expose the truth must have 24 hour protection from those who safeguard those who have harmed him.
All this begs the question why not hurt these Hollywood pedophiles where it hurts and boycott their work? Boycotting movies that have known actors, producers or directors who have been accused of pedophilia is a clear and concise message that their actions are not acceptable and in turn helps to take some of the financial control out of their hands.
To help Corey with his fan funded project: https://www.gofundme.com/coreystruthsecured
November 10, 2017
More than 10 years have passed since Tarana Burke started the Me Too campaign to bring awareness about the sexual abuse that women are subjected to. Now with Alyssa Milano giving it a reboot with #metoo, tens of thousands of women are coming forward to show the world that something must be done to stop the sexual harassment and abuse.
It just isn’t women who are coming forward. Corey Feldman has been saying for years that he was abused as a child and has recently come forward and publicly named his abusers. This is a huge step for the victims and the start of the downfall for the abusers in Hollywood.
What can we do to make people more aware? What can we do to change the behaviors of these sex offenders?
Firstly, if this has just happened to you, report it to the police. File charges. Secondly, check the federal and state laws on the statute of limitations for sex crimes and if the crime is within the time frame, file charges. Lastly, do as Corey Feldman has done and publicly name your abuser.
It is time for men and women who have been sexually abused, assaulted and harassed to stand up and hold those who have kept you silent due to threats or even your own embarrassment accountable for their actions.
The time has come where men need to alter their actions, thoughts and behaviors toward women. We do not live in country where women are owned by men nor are they second class citizens and children were married off at a very early age. We also do not live in the past where women were treated as such. As human beings we should be changing and evolving into someone and something better than what we are.
Just because we are subjected to a president who likes to “grab women by the pussy” doesn’t mean that it’s wanted. Acting and thinking that way is not only outdated, criminal but it is also no longer acceptable.
It doesn’t matter what a woman wears, how she puts on her make up or how attractive she is. Those are no longer a reason for the bad conduct.
We know that pedophiles are mentally wired wrong and that there is no permanent cure for their perverse attractions. Can we not say the same for all rapists and the majority of sex offenders? Perhaps they are mentally wired wrong as well. But can the non-pedophile sex offender be rehabilitated or cured? Would behavioral modification work? Perhaps those are things that can be studied and put into practice even though it would take time, effort and money to do.
None-the-less, these types of actions and behaviors are no longer acceptable. Soon, there will be nowhere for men and woman who commit these heinous crimes to hide as more and more people are coming forward to report and name those who commit these heinous crimes.
Those types of misconduct are no longer acceptable. Not in the church. Not in government. Not in Hollywood. Not anywhere. It is time to grow up and take responsibility for the way in which we think and act and how we speak and treat others.
Let there be no shadow left in which to hide!