Every day more & more people are coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, & in some cases even rape; in the workplace, Hollywood, the media, politics & the government. This culture of abuse by people in power, with the money & the means to quiet someone who might open the door to their secret closets & cause all the skeletons to fall out, is a culture that needs to be quashed.
The #metoo campaign revealed that almost everyone has a #metoo story; many shared theirs online, to friends, or publicly – some for the very first time. I’m saddened by the sheer number of stories, but I’m glad they had each other to lean on. It encouraged others to feel safe enough to do the same. And already there has been a power shift in Hollywood – I loved seeing Gal Gadot refuse to sign on for Wonder Woman 2 if Brett Ratner was still part of the project.
Hooray for the ladies. I’m really glad they are getting some Justice & more respect. But please, do not kid yourself into thinking, ‘Problem solved!’ It’s just the tip of the iceberg; there is much more work to be done. There are so many more victims – this isn’t just a women problem; it’s a children problem, a global problem, a humanity problem. There’s a huge problem in society & nobody wants to talk about it; & we’ve only seen a smidgen. Tip of a very big iceberg. Anyone who’s done their own research into this knows what I’m talking about. It’s happening to kids & it’s worse than you think.
That’s why I really thought that Corey Feldman’s petitions & gofundme would be over-flowing with votes & cash by now. Corey has 150,000 Twitter followers, but only about 10,350 people have signed so far. Why so few? If people are so outraged, why aren’t they helping? Do people think they’re powerless to change things? Or do they really just not give a fuck? Where is the empathy? The compassion? More people should be supporting Corey, like they’ve supported others who have spoken out. Corey is a victim. He was a child.
I’ve seen people rally around the women, commend them for coming forward, listen to them, encourage them, support them. But what about the kids? Where is their support? People seemed to be more outraged over an elephant being killed for sport (which is not okay, so, a noble endeavor) than the fact that kids are being molested & raped by the movie industry! I’d expect similar outrage at children getting raped, wouldn’t you? How heavy my heart is, knowing all these women, children, & yes, even men, have been suffering in silence. Well, silence no more. The tides are turning; just faster for some than others. Many victims get support without even having to ask. One is asking & asking & still asking, but why does he even have to?
This is a plea for support for Corey Feldman.
Corey, I see you. You Matter. I love you, I believe you, & I support you.
The tsunami of current allegations prove him right & then some. The difference with Corey is that he’s been trying to tell people for years, & had he been taken seriously at the time, perhaps he would have gotten his Justice before the statute of limitations ran out. The system – flawed beyond belief – is conveniently beneficial for abusers; for victims, not so much. When you’re abused before you hit your teens, it can take years for you to realize & come to terms with what happened – if you do at all. Many can’t deal & self-medicate the pain away – sometimes permanently. And it can take a whole bunch more years to find the strength to come forward.
I think Corey is owed more than a few apologies. Don’t you? Some people online are being really fuckin’ shitty too; it breaks my heart. I know all too well what it’s like to be a victim & never get any Justice. Why does everyone believe all the women at the drop of a hat but ignore or disparage Corey Feldman & his pleas for help? I’ve seen a few who’ve been unnecessarily rude, cruel, or judgemental. People harassing him to ‘drop the names;’ not realizing that he couldn’t without securing a legal team & the finances to defend himself first. Some seemed more concerned with satisfying their curiosity than for his safety. I’d like to invite them to take a good long look in the mirror. Forget not, we are talking about a victim of sexual assault here – a child at the time. People forget that this is Justice for the 11yr old Corey.
This is why it’s so important to sign this petition: Corey’s Law
Corey’s Law is a petition to the White House to extend/abolish the statute of limitations for crimes of a sexual nature on kids under 18.
We cannot stay silent any longer.
There are people, right now, with the information necessary to really get the ball rolling. Stay in the shadows & you’ll never get your power back. Come forward & stand up for yourself, & you take the power they still have over you away. There are way more victims than abusers. They can’t quiet everyone. They’d be idiots to try. You’d be so much safer banding together publicly, than hiding alone in the shadows. I urge other victims to come forward; speak to a friend, call a lawyer, or contact Corey. Several actors have backed Corey’s story, but won’t come forward – they fear for their safety.
So, while the ladies have strength in numbers & are empowered together; the boys, the children, are still waiting for people to care.
In Corey, I see a man who has suffered greatly, I see the pain behind his eyes. I see a man, who after all these years, just wants a little justice & peace. For himself, his wife, his son; & his best friend, Corey Haim; who like countless others (Heather O’Rourke, Jonathan Brandis, Sawyer Sweeten, Brad Renfro, Dana Plato, Lee Thompson Young, Bridgette Andersen, Justin Pierce, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Christopher Pettiet, Mark Priestly, Lucy Gordon, De’Angelo Wilson, Rodney Harvey, & too many etc.’s) died way before their time. But I also see a Hero, a Voice, a Solution. And incredible Integrity.
Thank you Corey.
Corey has stated that he is concerned for his safety – and we absolutely should believe him. There are people who really want to keep their skeletons in their closets. They’ll go to great lengths to do so. If one of the women from the #metoo campaign stated that she feared for her life, would we ignore it? No, no we probably wouldn’t. Twitter would blow up with tweets of outrage. Well, where’s your outrage now?
Aside from exposing the predatory behavior of men in positions of power, another much less glamorous side was also exposed : a shallowness & lack of integrity amongst a community that was so desperate for fame & fortune, they looked the other way, enabling criminal behavior. I’m disgusted by their lack of character. For the amount of money Hollywood actors make for one movie, there are several people who could donate a chunk of change big enough to make a huge difference. Especially since this is all “An Open Secret,” according to, well, everyone.
What if it was your child??
You Matter. You have not been forgotten.