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Child sex abuse in Hollywood

This is a thinly sourced report, but I would bet these people are telling the truth:

Revelations of this sort come as no surprise to former child star Corey Feldman.

Feldman, 40, himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, unflinchingly warned of the world of pedophiles who are drawn to the entertainment industry last August. “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” Feldman told ABC’s Nightline. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry… It’s the big secret.”

Another child star from an earlier era agrees that Hollywood has long had a problem with pedophilia. “When I watched that interview, a whole series of names and faces from my history went zooming through my head,” Paul Peterson, 66, star of The Donna Reed Show, a sitcom popular in the 1950s and 60s, and president of A Minor Consideration, tells FOXNews.com. “Some of these people, who I know very well, are still in the game.”

“This has been going on for a very long time,” concurs former “Little House on the Prairie” star Alison Arngrim. “It was the gossip back in the ‘80s. People said, ‘Oh yeah, the Coreys, everyone’s had them.’ People talked about it like it was not a big deal.”

Arngrim, 49, was  referring to Feldman and his co-star in “The Lost Boys,” Corey Haim, who died in March 2010 after years of drug abuse.

Haim Feldman is quoted here saying that he “can’t be the one” to blow the whistle on the unnamed “Hollywood mogul” who molested him. Why not? He can’t be the only one. It’s not like he has a career to protect any more. But he might be able to protect others from being molested. Why can’t Paul Peterson name names? I know people may well, and reasonably, feel that they have too much to lose by naming names — that’s why it was kept so quiet in the Church for all those years — but I wonder if the public’s attitude on this kind of thing has shifted enough to where there isn’t as much to lose by going public. If this abuse really happened — and again, I would bet that it did, but I don’t know this — then why isn’t someone putting together a massive lawsuit? I wish they would. If it’s true.

Well, there may be pedophiles in high places in Hollywood, but at least they’re not — shudderRepublicans. 

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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