by William Skink
Has the fall of Harvey Weinstein really broken the dam of silence that kept open secrets of predation from making headlines? Certainly dozens and dozens of victims are feeling empowered to go public because their experiences are being taken seriously and action against sexual predators is happening, but will the full scope of what’s going on in power centers like Hollywood actually come out?
Because I’m immediately leery of social media campaigns, the quick springing up of #metoo from mostly women seemed to conveniently set certain perameters on who the victims of sexual abuse are: adult women. And what does that leave out? Pedophilia.
Power has no gender. Power is power. Ask Corey Feldman. He went public and took it as far as he could, but a person with more clout–Barbara Walters–not only shut him down, she said this: “…you’re damaging an entire industry…”
I don’t claim to know the full scope, but I’ve done my digging on the darker capacities of power and exploitation and understand why people would rather retreat into different forms of denial.
But doing so allows this predation to continue.