FBI Sex Trafficking Bust Recovers 168 Kids, Some Never Reported Missing
WASHINGTON — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.
Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place.
Advocates say the roundup reinforces the need for a standardized, nationwide approach to reporting children as missing, especially those absent from state foster care systems who are seen as most vulnerable to abuse.
Concerns over unaccounted-for children aren’t new, but they’re receiving fresh attention amid heightened awareness of child sex trafficking. State and federal efforts are under way to streamline how police are alerted when kids go missing.
“This has been a movement that I would say over the last year has really galvanized,” said John Ryan, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Legislation pending in Congress would require child welfare agencies to alert police and the center, which has specialized response teams and other resources, within 24 hours of a child’s disappearance.
The current patchwork of state and federal policies has yielded what advocates describe as a fractured safety net with little accountability.
Though states may have policies encouraging child welfare agencies to report missing children to law enforcement, most don’t have laws requiring that notification, according to the missing children center. That means children can disappear without police knowing they’re missing or being directed to look for them.
A federal law does require law enforcement agencies to enter missing children into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center — a database available to law enforcement nationwide — but that presumes police are provided the names or have enough specific details about a child.
A 2011 Government Accountability Office report said law enforcement agencies are having trouble getting timely information from state agencies.
Some children who are feared missing turn up after just a few hours. In some cases, children involved in sex trafficking leave their homes to meet their pimps for work and then return before their absence is noticed. The center worries about them as well.
The missing children center says it received more than 57,000 missing-child reports between 2009 and 2013. The organization says two-thirds of the children reported missing last year who likely were sex trafficking victims were in the care of child welfare systems when they ran away.
The difficulties aren’t limited to foster care. In the most recent action, called Operation Cross Country, far more children came from single-family homes than from families under state supervision, the FBI said. But experts say they’re concerned that children in foster care, who often come from more troubled backgrounds, are particularly vulnerable to being targeted by sex traffickers.
“These pimps really know how to appeal to these kids. A lot of these pimps come from similar backgrounds as well. They can lure them in by providing them care, feeding, attention,” Joseph Campbell, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigative division, said in an interview.
In a transient child welfare system, it’s a challenge for states to keep perfect track of children under their care. Many run away repeatedly but return on their own, giving guardians little incentive to report them missing each time. The Internet enables children to be prostituted through online advertisements instead of street corners, making it easier than ever for trafficking to cross state lines.
“When you come across a child and you have no information on who they are, it becomes difficult to, first of all, ID them — you don’t know if there are warrants for them or if there are medical needs for this child,” or if they’re supposed to be under state care, said Michael Osborn, chief of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children unit.
About one-third of the kids rescued in the most recent Operation Cross Country had been reported missing, Osborn said. Some of the others hadn’t been gone for long enough to raise concerns from their guardians.
State policies vary.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is issuing a bulletin to county agencies with instructions on reporting missing foster children to local law enforcement and the missing children center. It plans to propose legislation to that effect next year.
Nebraska urges foster guardians, instead of the state agency, to directly file missing children reports with police. The state says it monitors the situation and contacts police if the foster parent doesn’t.
A new Georgia law expands who can report a child as missing to include any caretaker or government entity responsible for the child, not just the parent or guardian.
Florida developed new policies following the 2000 disappearance of foster child Rilya Wilson, whose caseworker lied about visiting her while filing false reports and telling judges the girl was fine.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a sponsor of legislation that would require child welfare agencies to provide notification of missing children, said failure to do so is a “moral blot on our country.”
Wyden has previously introduced similar versions of the bill, but this year those provisions were folded into broader legislation that, among other things, would increase incentives for adoption and give money to states to encourage youth sports participation. Aides say the measure, which last week passed the House, has bipartisan support.
We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage
It was a late summer afternoon, Sally Dale recalled, when the boy was thrown through the fourth-floor window.
“He kind of hit, and— ” she placed both hands palm-down before her. Her right hand slapped down on the left, rebounded up a little, then landed again.
For just a moment, the room was still. “Bounced?” one of the many lawyers present asked. “Well, I guess you’d call it — it was a bounce,” she replied. “And then he laid still.”
Sally, who was speaking under oath, tried to explain it. She started again. “The first thing I saw was looking up, hearing the crash of the window, and then him going down, but my eyes were still glued—.” She pointed up at where the broken window would have been and then she pointed at her own face and drew circles around it. “That habit thing, whatever it is, that they wear, stuck out like a sore thumb.”
A nun was standing at the window, Sally said. She straightened her arms out in front of her. “But her hands were like that.”
There were only two people in the yard, she said: Sally herself and a nun who was escorting her. In a tone that was still completely bewildered, she recalled asking, Sister?
Sister took hold of Sally’s ear, turned her around, and walked her back to the other side of the yard. The nun told her she had a vivid imagination. We are going to have to do something about you, child.
Sally figured the boy fell from the window in 1944 or so, because she was moving to the “big girls” dormitory that day. Girls usually moved when they were 6, though residents of St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont, did not always have a clear sense of their age — birthdays, like siblings and even names, being one of the many human attributes that were stripped from them when they passed through its doors. She recounted his fall in a deposition on Nov. 6, 1996, as part of a remarkable group of lawsuits that 28 former residents brought against the nuns, the diocese, and the social agency that oversaw the orphanage.
I watched the deposition — all 19 hours of grainy, scratchy videotape — more than two decades later. By that time sexual abuse scandals had ripped through the Catholic Church, shattering the silence that had for so long protected its secrets. It was easier for accusers in general to come forward, and easier for people to believe their stories, even if the stories sounded too awful to be true. Even if they had happened decades ago, when the accusers were only children. Even if the people they were accusing were pillars of the community.
But for all these revelations — including this month’s Pennsylvania grand jury report on how the church hid the crimes of hundreds of priests — a darker history, the one to which Sally’s story belongs, remains all but unknown. It is the history of unrelenting physical and psychological abuse of captive children. Across thousands of miles, across decades, the abuse took eerily similar forms: People who grew up in orphanages said they were made to kneel or stand for hours, sometimes with their arms straight out, sometimes holding their boots or some other item. They were forced to eat their own vomit. They were dangled upside down out windows, over wells, or in laundry chutes. Children were locked in cabinets, in closets, in attics, sometimes for days, sometimes so long they were forgotten. They were told their relatives didn’t want them, or they were permanently separated from their siblings. They were sexually abused. They were mutilated. They were dangled upside down out windows, over wells, or in laundry chutes.
Darkest of all, it is a history of children who entered orphanages but did not leave them alive.
From former residents of America’s Catholic orphanage system, I had heard stories about these deaths — that they were not natural or even accidents, but were instead the inevitable consequence of the nuns’ brutality. Sally herself described witnessing at least two incidents in which she said a child at St. Joseph’s died or was outright murdered.
It’s likely that more than 5 million Americans passed through orphanages in the 20th century alone. At its peak in the 1930s, the American orphanage system included more than 1,600 institutions, partly supported with public funding but usually run by religious orders, including the Catholic Church.
Outside the United States, the orphanage system and the wreckage it produced has undergone substantial official scrutiny over the last two decades. In Canada, the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Australia, multiple formal government inquiries have subpoenaed records, taken witness testimony, and found, time and again, that children consigned to orphanages — in many cases, Catholic orphanages — were victims of severe abuse. A 1998 UK government inquiry, citing “exceptional depravity” at four homes run by the Christian Brothers order in Australia, heard that a boy was the object of a competition between the brothers to see who could rape him 100 times.
The inquiries focused primarily on sexual abuse, not physical abuse or murder, but taken together, the reports showed almost limitless harm that was the result not just of individual cruelty but of systemic abuse.
In the United States, however, no such reckoning has taken place. Even today the stories of the orphanages are rarely told and barely heard, let alone recognized in any formal way by the government, the public, or the courts. The few times that orphanage abuse cases have been litigated in the US, the courts have remained, with a few exceptions, generally indifferent. Private settlements could be as little as a few thousand dollars. Government bodies have rarely pursued the allegations.
So in a journey that lasted four years, I went around the country, and even around the world, in search of the truth about this vast, unnarrated chapter of American experience. Eventually I focused on St. Joseph’s, where the former residents’ lawsuits had briefly forced the dark history into public view.
The former residents of St. Joseph’s told of being subjected to tortures — from the straightforwardly awful to the downright bizarre — that were occasionally administered as a special punishment but were often just a matter of course. Their tales were strikingly similar, each adding weight and credibility to the others. In these accounts, St. Joseph’s emerged as its own little universe, governed by a cruel logic, hidden behind brick walls just a few miles past the quaint streets of downtown Burlington.
When I first started looking, it seemed that all that remained of St. Joseph’s were deposition transcripts and the sharp, bitter memories of the few remaining survivors I was able to find. But over the course of years I found that there was far more to discover. More than the former residents themselves knew, and more than was uncovered during the 1990s legal battle. Through tens of thousands of pages of documents, some of them secret, as well as dozens of interviews, what I found at St. Joseph’s and other American orphanages was a vast and terrible matrix of corroboration.
The Diocese of Burlington, Vermont Catholic Charities, and the Sisters of Providence, the order of nuns who worked at St. Joseph’s, all chose not to speak with me about these allegations. At the end of my reporting, Monsignor John McDermott, of the Burlington Diocese, provided a brief statement: “Please know that the Diocese of Burlington treats allegations of child abuse seriously and procedures are in place for reporting to the proper authorities. While it cannot alter the past, the Diocese is doing everything it can to ensure children are protected.”
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Girl’s Father Tortured Her for a Decade to Make Her ‘Superhuman’
At least twice a week, an 8-year-old Maude Julien was made to grasp an electric fence for 10 minutes at a time without betraying any feeling — no twitching or grimacing, not even a blink.
The cruel ritual, supervised by her father, was considered a test of her willpower as he sought to turn her into the “ultimate survivor.”
“I held on with both hands, and it was most important to show no reaction at the moment of the power surges,” recalled Julien, now 60, to The Post. “I had to stay impassive.”
As if that weren’t disturbing enough, once a month, the little girl was locked overnight in a rat-infested cellar to “meditate about death.”
Julien, now a grandmother living in Paris, has chronicled her horrifying childhood in the memoir “The Only Girl in the World” (Little Brown, out Tuesday).
According to the book, she spent 18 years being mind-controlled by her paranoid dad, who belonged to an esoteric lodge of Freemasonry that dabbled in the occult and subscribed to a mishmash of oddball philosophies. He believed in a fallen world and thought that there would one day be an uprising of evil. In his mind, Maude had been chosen as a leader and his protector.
“He was most definitely insane and an alcoholic,” said Julien of her father, Louis Didier, who died in 1981 at age 79.
Didier, who became relatively wealthy from selling transport stock after World War II, created Maude for his own twisted purposes. It started when he adopted a 6-year-old girl, Jeannine, in 1936, then groomed her to become his wife.
In November 1957, Jeannine gave birth to the child whom her husband would put through experiments to raise the perfect “superhuman.”
The trio lived in an isolated mansion in northern France, where Julien was home-schooled and subjected to Didier’s countless “endurance tests.” These ranged from being dangled over a cliff and assisting in the slaughter of livestock, to drinking whiskey before having to walk in a straight line.
To this day, Julien has liver damage from all the alcohol her father forced on her.
For 10 years, between the ages 3 and 13, she was sexually abused by a laborer who worked on the estate.
Meanwhile, Julien was forbidden from leaving the compound for nearly a decade. Her only companions were her dog and two ponies whom she adored.
“I really think that, without my animals, I wouldn’t be alive today,” she said. “They gave me physical contact and warmth because nobody [in my family] was allowed to touch each other in the house.
“I learned love and compassion from them.”
She sought solace in books, though Didier dictated what she read. Eventually she became fond of Dostoyevsky and, particularly, “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas — which inspired Julien to dream of her escape.
Amazingly, despite the mind control and hypnosis, the girl resisted being totally drawn into her father’s “cult of three.” But she suffered from self-loathing and took to self-harm as a coping mechanism.
Mercifully, her savior came in 1972 in the form of a music tutor, Andre Molin, who arrived to teach her how to play the accordion and piano.
“He played along with my father for three years to gain his trust,” explained Julien of how Molin eventually helped free her from the house. “Then he got my dad’s permission to teach me at his shop in a nearby town and I eventually got a job there.”
When Julie was 18, Didier allowed her to wed a young musician she’d met during classes — with the caveat that she’d leave him after six months and return home a virgin.
She seized the opportunity and fled for good.
The six-year marriage produced a daughter, now 35. Julien later settled down with another man and had a second daughter in 1990. Julien is still estranged from her own mother, to whom the memoir is dedicated.
“She is a victim and I sent the book to her with a note,” she said. “She didn’t react directly but I heard through intermediaries that she was afraid and wasn’t happy I wrote it.”
Over the years, Julien has received intensive therapy to help cope with the traumas of the past. After receiving her psychology degree, she now treats patients of her own.
She admits that writing her memoir triggered flashbacks to her childhood horrors. But she’s relieved her story’s being published. She said: “I really want it to be a book of hope — I consider it an escape manual.”
Eyewitnesses Testify: Pope Francis Allegedly Raped, Trafficked & Killed Children
Last month a website reporting that Pope Francis, the Jesuits and the Church of England will be prosecuted for child trafficking and genocide. The Queen of England was already found guilty by a previous trial.
Here is how the trial is unfolding:
This article was based on today’s exclusive interview with Kevin Annett of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State on this week’s litigation in the Brussels Common Law Court of Justice.
Five judges and 27 jury members from six countries including the USA, considered evidence on over 50,000 missing Canadian, US, Argentine and European children who were suspected victims of an international child sacrificial cult referred to as the Ninth Circle.
Two adolescent women claimed that Pope Francis raped them while participating in child sacrifices. Eight eyewitnesses confirmed the allegations according to evidence presented this week at a Brussels Common Law Court of Justice.
The Ninth Circle Satanic child sacrifice rituals were said to take place during the Springs of 2009 and 2010 in rural Holland and Belgium.
Pope Francis was also a perpetrator in satanic child sacrifice rites while acting as an Argentine priest and Bishop according to records obtained from the Vatican archives.
A prominent Vatican official and former Vatican Curia employee obtained the sealed documents for use by the court. This was not the first time satanic activities were suspected to be at the Vatican according to this ABC news story.
Another witness was set to testify that they were present during Pope Francis’ meetings with the military Junta during Argentine’s 1970’s Dirty War. According to the witness, Pope Francis helped traffic children of missing political prisoners into an international child exploitation ring run by an office at the Vatican.
Evidence of a Catholic Jesuit Order document called the “Magisterial Privilege” was presented in court by the Chief Prosecutor. The record dated Dec. 25 1967 was said to show that every new Pope was required to participate in Ninth Circle Satanic ritual sacrifices of newborn children, including drinking their blood.
“Documents from Vatican secret archives presented to court clearly indicate that for centuries the Jesuits had a premeditated plan to ritually murder kidnapped newborn babies and then consume their blood,” the Chief Prosecutor told the five international judges and 27 jury members.
“The plan was born of a twisted notion to derive spiritual power from the lifeblood of the innocent, thereby assuring political stability of the Papacy in Rome. These acts are not only genocidal but systemic and institutionalized in nature. Since at least 1773, they appear to have been performed by the Roman Catholic Church, Jesuits and every Pope.”
Two witnesses claimed that as children they were at child sacrifices with the former Pope Joseph Ratzinger. Since at least 1962 Ratzinger participated in child sacrifices as a member of the Knights of Darkness according to the Vatican records presented at court. Ratzinger was an S.S. Chaplain’s assistant at the German Ravensbruck Concentration Camp during World War II.
The children to be killed were supplied from prisoners at the death camp. The Nazi Waffen S.S. Division Knights of Darkness was established by Hitler in 1933 and embraced ancient pagan occult beliefs in human sacrifice.
Dutch Therapist-ritual abuse survivor Toos Nijenhuis testified of her witness to child sacrifice in this video:
“Survivors of these rituals describe newborn babies being chopped to pieces on stone altars and their remains consumed by participants” the Chief Prosecutor said.”During the 1960’s the survivor-witnesses were forced to rape and mutilate other children and then cut their throats with ceremonial daggers.”
According to witnesses Pope Francis, former Pope Joseph Ratzinger, Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Pachon and Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby were participants in the Ninth Circle Satanic child sacrifice cult rape and killing of children.
Evidence also could link to cult ceremonies UK High Court Justice Judge Fulford, members of the British Royal Family including Prince Phillip, Dutch Cardinal Alfrink, Dutch Queen Wilhemina, her family and consort King Hendrick, Belgian Royals and Bilderberger founder Crown Prince Bernhard.
Documentation of The Canada Gazette Issue No. 232, December 26 1942, Ottawa was also presented to court. Evidently and unfortunately, the Canadian government and Privy Council Office in London granted to the Dutch royals, exception from all criminal, civil and military jurisdiction. What would make these global leaders exempt from justice?
The Chief Prosecutor presented alleged links between the British, Dutch and Belgian royal families to disappearances of Mohawk children at Canada’s Church of England’s Brantford Ontario Indian residential school. In 2008 a child mass gravesite was discovered at the Mohawk School. An ITCCS dig by archeologists was shut down when remains of a small child was uncovered.
Since then over 30 child mass grave sites have been located at Indian residential schools across Canada. The Catholic and Anglican Churches, United Church of Canada, Canadian government and Crown of England have refused ITCCS’ repeated requests for excavation of the mass grave sites.
“This week conclusive evidence was presented that the Catholic Church is perpetrating ongoing crimes against children,” the Chief Prosecutor stated. “The Catholic Church is the world’s largest corporation and appears to be in collusion with governments, police and courts worldwide.”
The Ninth Circle Satanic child sacrifice cult was said to operate at Roman Catholic cathedrals in Montreal, New York, Rome and London according to evidence filed in court.
Witnesses claimed child sacrifices took place at Carnarvon Castle in Wales, an undisclosed French Chateau and at Canadian Catholic and Anglican Indian residential schools in Kamloops, British Columbia and Brantford, Ontario. The Ninth Circle Satanic child sacrifice cult was believed to use privately owned forest groves in the US, Canada, France and Holland.
Yesterday the five international magistrates adjourned court for two weeks and considered continuing in closed sessions. This week’s closed court was held in an undisclosed location due to notification that the Vatican had released a Jesuit “hi
Corey Feldman: ‘Demonic’ Force Motivated Him to Expose Alleged Pedophiles in Hollywood
By Emily Gaudette On Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:18
Update | Corey Feldman was one of the biggest child stars of the 1980s, appearing in films like Gremlins (1984),The Goonies (1985) and Stand By Me (1986). On screen he often provided wisecracking comic relief, but behind the scenes Feldman’s life was much darker. At 15, he was emancipated from his parents. He fought a very public battle with drug addiction. And, as he has spoken about increasingly in recent years, he says he was molested as a child by several powerful figures in Hollywood.
In the past month, Feldman has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show twice. The first time he accused actor John Grissom of abusing him. On Monday, he returned, and, with the support of Dr. Mehment Oz, was able to name another alleged abuser, Alphy Hoffman, the one-time owner of Alphy's Soda Pop, a private L.A. club for show biz kids, open between 1986 and 1989. Feldman has also talked more about the abuse his friend Corey Haim suffered when he was a child star. (In 2010, the 38-year-old Haim died suddenly of apparent natural causes.)
Newsweek spoke to Feldman about publicly naming the men he says molested him and Haim, becoming a vocal advocate for victims of abuse and his plans to crowdfund a film about pedophilia in Hollywood.
What motivated you to start naming your abusers? Did something change in the last few months?
It was almost demonic, really. First of all, the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. When that happened, people in my life who know my background were suddenly saying, “Corey, do it now, you have to name these guys now.” I made a statement on Twitter saying I appreciated all the women coming forward, but that my experience with predators in Hollywood was different. I didn’t name anyone, and when I woke up the next day I had gained 30,000 new followers out of nowhere. It was insanity.
You described this moment as “demonic.” What do you mean by that?
I’m not invested in the Bible, I’m a Jew. But the more I talk about good versus evil, and the more I try to identify evil in the world, I’m hearing from friends that a lot of this sounds like signs of the end times. I believe that pedophilia in Hollywood is the symptom of a huge network motivated by dark forces. People cover up stories like this for power, for greed, and they choose to ignore victims because they don’t want to have to think about what they did or didn’t do that led to kids being in harm’s way.
Just by talking about pedophiles having assaulted me and my best friend, I’ve unearthed this collection of Twitter accounts with no more than 100 followers each, accounts that were made days before they started sending nasty, sarcastic, mocking messages at me. Every time I mention that I was victimized, or that there are still pedophiles in the film industry, it’s this flood of negativity and anger, just dark and nasty messages. I go to their pages to block them, and it’s all pictures of machine guns and skulls and crossbones. Where do these people even come from?
How do you cope with negative blowback?
People like to bring up the period when I was a kid, addicted to drugs and acting crazy or whatever. But what’s funny about that? I was addicted because I had survived being molested, and I was in incredible pain. I’m a man now, I’ve recovered, but I think the very fact that I’m here bothers a lot of people. They don’t want to ask themselves why I went through a period of difficulty like that.
You’ve talked about what your friend Corey Haim experienced as a child actor. But his mother, Judy, has said that some of your claims about her son are not true.
Well, I don’t want to go into that. All I’ll say is that I know she’s in pain and that I have an open invitation to talk with her if she wants it. The last time we spoke, we exchanged emails about a month ago, and she was clearly very angry, sending nasty things and accusing me of lying. I’m not here to get into a war with Corey’s mom. That won’t help anybody. I just want her to find a place where she can heal and accept the pain that her son went through. I’m just saying, the truth is extremely painful.
As you’ve described from your own experiences, we’re seeing adults sexualizing child actors who are working in Hollywood today. What advice would you give those kids?
Well, first of all, I’d advise their parents to never leave them unattended. Ever. Period. I don’t care if they’re 14 and they want to go to a party with the adult cast, you go with them. It doesn’t matter what someone’s reputation is or how successful they are. Knowing all that you know about the industry, I truly believe leaving your child alone on set or at a party is negligence. Straight up negligence.
There’s this story that keeps repeating itself [about] child stars who are adored by adults [who are] always talking to them and hovering around them. And then we all decide they don’t have talent anymore. And when they turn to drugs or have difficult lives, we mock them. We force them on reality TV or TV movies or, worse, we offer them parts where they have to make fun of themselves. I’ve been offered tens of thousands of dollars for a one-day shoot, just to come in and play myself on some show, talk about how crazy I am. And I think, “No. You know what? No. The Hollywood machine chewed me up, and now people would rather put me somewhere else where I’ll shut up, so they don’t have to face what happened.” I could give you so many names of young actors whose talent didn’t disappear, they just got forced out of the industry because it’s poisonous...
Like who? Can you share some names?
Alright, Rick Schroder. You ever see The Champ? That kid delivered an all-time performance for children. I’m talking one of the most inspiring performances ever on film. That guy should have gone on to win 20 Academy Awards, but he didn’t. He’s obscured. Why? It’s not like talent disappears. Soleil Moon Frye, Alfonso Ribeiro. I don’t want to make it seem like I’m calling people out, and I’m not saying they were victimized by predators. I’m just saying we don’t treat our young talents well at all. It goes all the way back to Shirley Temple, who disappeared from movies once studios got enough of her image as a kid. We use children. We’re using them.
So how do you see yourself working to fix this? What’s your role in changing the system?
I’ve got a feature film I want to produce, about all the ways we victimize children in Hollywood. My dream is producing it, getting it to screen in four cities, and then if we make enough money, we expand nationwide.
Why a film and not some other kind of project, like a documentary?
Well, a couple reasons. First, I’ve given all the information I gave to the police already, and nothing happened. If I just came out and identified all the abusers of children I’m aware of, I’d be buried under lawsuits for years and years. This way, I can hide under the umbrella of the corporation formed to make the film. Second, if I’m overseeing a film like this, I can make damn sure that no one who walks through those doors has a history of predation: No arrests, no domestic violence, no lingering accusations that didn’t go anywhere, nothing. The dream is to eventually build a film studio, to make films and projects that put good in the world, and to maintain that safety for everyone working on the projects.
How can people help you in getting the film made?
I know most people can’t afford to give much, but honestly, just sending messages with #istandwithcorey helps. Or #preserveinnocence. I’ve watched several of my A-list friends donate, but for the most part it’s crickets. All these studio execs and VCs I’ve worked with before, they act like I don’t exist.
All this news you hear is adding to this national idea that Hollywood is a cesspool, that it’s full of selfish, evil people instead of artists who want to do what they love. I’m trying to change that, to turn it inside out and make it better from the inside. I fear that after all these victims come out and name their abusers, the system will just close back around them and nothing will have changed.
You can donate to Corey Feldman’s film on child victimization in Hollywood on Indiegogo