Sexual abuse in Hollywood too

Is anyone surprised by this?  I took this from foxnews website.  Silence is the enemy and the predators best weapon.

Several stars have come forward recently with casting  couch tales, saying they were appalled and shocked they were asked for  sexual favors in order to get coveted jobs in Hollywood.

But for all of the talk of outrage, few of the  alleged perpetrators have been named. In fact, a number of entertainment  industry experts and insiders declined to even comment on the hot-button issue  when approached by

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Megan Fox is one of Elle magazine’s favorite “25-something” celebrities.

Recent  Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts  Say

So why are entertainment pros mum when it comes to  sexual predators in Hollywood?

“Actors don’t name names for several reasons. Many  times it is because they want to move on from that unpleasant experience, or  perhaps they succumbed to it, or the ‘perpetrator’ was so huge that they do not  want to defame that person because they think highly of their work,” Los  Angeles-based celebrity psychologist, Dr. Nancy Irwin, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts  column. “Others don’t want to be labeled a ‘snitch’ or feel nobody will believe  them because it is such a cliché. Sadly, the cliché does perpetuate, probably  because the creative process in and of itself can be a seductive process, and  the temptation is non-stop in Hollywood.”

Hollywood-based career strategist Suzannah  Galland said she hears many horror stories from friends who are top  actresses. These victims don’t name names “out of fear,” but she says code of  silence can turn tragic.

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“Two (friends) have told me of date rapes  perpetrated by major male stars. In both cases, these women agreed to a friendly  dinner,” she said. “One of these friends had no interest in a romantic  relationship at all with the star that was pursuing her, and she made that clear  to him. All the same she was in awe of the man’s talent, and happy to discuss  possible roles with him. An alliance would have been hugely helpful to her  career. So she was trusting when he invited her after dinner to stop by his  hotel, where he had a stack of scripts to show her. Once the door was shut, he  raped her. ’I never told anybody,’ she explained to me, ‘because he is who he is  and I was ashamed.’”

Another friend confided to Galland that she was  approached by an award-winning actor she found attractive. However, when she  went back to his place to “discuss scripts,” things took an ugly turn.

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“Even though she was willing to be romanced, that  never happened. He beat her then raped her. She spent years in recovery,  conflicted and ashamed,” Galland explained. “She made no public complaint.’”

According to Irwin, by not revealing the predators,  celebrities are contributing to the problem and putting others at risk of  becoming the next victim.

“I always encourage actors to file a complaint  anonymously through the Screen  Actors Guild (SAG) because they care about this issue deeply,” she said. “It  is up to talent to set the boundary and disallow abuse. If this happens enough,  and SAG disciplines the abuser, hopefully they will seek the professional help  they need to halt this inappropriate and damaging behavior.”

SAG National Director of Affirmative  Action and Diversity, Adam  Moore, said that despite gains made over the years toward workplace  equality, performers still often face workplace discrimination and sexual  harassment on set or during auditions.

“Neither discrimination nor harassment is your  fault. When you see or become a victim of discrimination or harassment, don’t  ignore it and don’t pretend it did not happen — let someone know,” Moore  advised, adding that the issue is taken incredibly seriously by the union. “Have  no fear that this will get out to the industry: your call is entirely  confidential and nothing will be done without your express consent. Every action  taken against this behavior means it is less likely to be repeated. You have a  responsibility to yourself and your fellow Guild members to see that all  performers are treated with respect in the job search and in the workplace.”

If SAG deems a complaint appropriate, the Guild  sends a copy of their policy along with a letter advising the alleged  perpetrator of the complaint, and demands that the production company involved  investigate the concern and take immediate action to remedy any inappropriate  conduct.

Someone might want to tell some of today’s top stars  about SAG’s complaint process.

Megan  Fox told British GQ that she was “heartbroken” over the number of legendary  Hollywood directors that had tried to bed her since she found fame. Lisa  Rinna claimed she missed out on a role in a prominent television series  because she refused to give a producer “a quickie.” Gwyneth  Paltrow recently told Elle  Magazine that when she was just starting out it was suggested that a  business meeting be finished in the bedroom. In an interview with People  magazine, Charlize  Theron divulged that in her modeling days, she was invited to a well-known  director’s home for a casting call – only to find him in his pajamas mixing  drinks. And in her best-selling book “Suck It, Wonder Woman!” Olivia Munn dished  out a jaw-dropping supply of stories from sleeping with a famous director in her  rookie days to visiting an agent’s home who had a collage of vaginas on his  wall.

And it’s not just women.

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood  was and is and always will be pedophilia,” 80’s sensation Corey  Feldman told ABC’s “Nightline”  last August. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry… It’s  the big secret.”

Hollywood publicist Angie Meyer urges victims,  famous or not, to come forward and name names.

“To set a precedent, just one person needs to come  forward to ignite an investigation, and involve authorities,” she said. “In  order for these perpetrators to become fearful of consequence – the  ramifications must be so severe that they risk losing more than their  reputations, job and any continuous Hollywood career.”

But former theatrical agent and founder of online  casting service, Alec  Shankman, said that as long as celebrities continue to their stories – even  without exposing the culprit – they are still helping to curb the problem.

“Hollywood is a very small community and careers are  very volatile, so often people feel that the risks and making waves in the  community might outweigh the desire to speak out and name names,” he explained. “Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the behavior can be stopped entirely. Much  like sexual harassment in the workplace, it is an ongoing issue. But as long as  young, new talent are properly educated and informed about all of the legitimate  ways to reach success, they will be more likely to avoid any of the less  legitimate opportunities that might present themselves.”

Deidre Behar contributed to this report.

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I am a Roman Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE who is also a victim of clergy sexual abuse. I am often angered by the insensitiviy and hostility of other clergy, the hierarchy and the so-called people-of-God. If clergy, bishops included, really and truly understood abuse, (any kind of abuse), I would not feel the need to blog on occasion. It is very frustraing.
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