Why is #MeToo ignoring child rape survivors?

Why is #MeToo ignoring child rape survivors?

By Lori Handrahan | 16 December, 2017
(L-R) Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen
Child pornography has reached epidemic levels but too few are talking.

Dylan Farrow has moved the American conversation on silence and impunity for sexual abuse. In an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, she describes how her stepfather, film director Woody Allen, groomed and raped her when she was seven years old.

She says, “this is not a ‘he said, child said’ situation.” This happened. Farrow wonders why Hollywood stars, like Blake Lively, who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein and child sex abuse, continue to work with and thereby protect Woody Allen. She details how Kate Winslet, Greta Gerwig and others benefit financially and professionally by staying silent about Allen’s rape and diminishing the credibility of a child-rape survivor and her mother, Mia Farrow.

Men, overwhelmingly white men in positions of power, who rape children continue to be protected in the United States. As Farrow notes the #SilenceBreakers #MeToo revolution against impunity for abuse has been selective. Children and child rape are being ignored. In Epidemic: America’s Trade in Child Rape, my newly-released book, I document the context that allows predators like Woody Allen to get away with these crimes against children.

We are sustaining crisis-level numbers of seemingly normal, often powerful and successful, men involved in America’s illegal child sex abuse industry. It does not matter if the perpetrator is on the demand-side, with an incessant appetite for brutal child rape to achieve sexual gratification, or the supply-side of raping children, often their own or those of friends and relatives, and trading this abuse online. Both supply and demand of child pornography, which almost always intertwine, have reached epidemic proportions and too few are talking about it.

The rape and torture of thousands of children in America is shared every day in videos, photos and live-streams. Men, and some women, are raping children, including infants and toddlers, and distributing evidence of the crime on the internet in epidemic numbers. These offences against our children are flourishing, in part, because we refuse to move beyond our collective denial that this criminality, often called child pornography, has reached catastrophic levels in America.

The problem of child sex abuse and its cover-up is real. A generation of American children are being destroyed. If you think this happens to someone else’s children and your children are safe, you are mistaken. Your children might be enduring sexual abuse right now while you remain dangerously ignorant. America’s appetite for child pornography puts all our children at risk. Your children and mine.

This is America’s wake-up call about a subject few want to acknowledge. We have become a country that protects, in many ways for many years, child rapists like Woody Allen. Not only has Woody Allen avoided jail for his crimes, he further abused Mia Farrow, Dylan’s mother, by dragging her through a destructive legal battle attempting to gain custody of her daughter; the child he was raping.

This is common practice for child predators. Patricia Mitchell, of Patricia’s Children, explains how United States family courts have become criminal enterprises in her recent Huffington Post articles. Family courts are known secure-supply lines for paedophiles to obtain control over, and unfettered access to, children. They are trafficking children.

Dylan Farrow said, “I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years.”

My daughter, like Dylan Farrow, told the truth. I have told the truth. Medical professionals told the truth. My daughter, confirmed for rape at two years old by her father, and I have also been ignored. My daughter was placed in the sole custody of her father. I wrote Epidemic: America’s Trade in Child Rape for my daughter and all child survivors like Dylan Farrow.

So, children would be believed. So, America would stop protecting men who rape children. Men like Woody Allen. And so many more. Why is the #MeToo #SilenceBreakers movement ignoring child rape survivors?

Don’t children count too?

Dr Lori Handrahan has been a humanitarian and academic for over twenty-years. Her Ph.D. is from The London School of Economics. She may be contacted on her website: www.LoriHandrahan.com


There are 5 Comments

I totally agree with Lori and I believe Dylan - and I despise these selfish garbage of Hollywood people and their fans who protect and empower abusers like Allen. As a reminder to Dylan's case: The comment below was left in a NYT article on Allen: http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F02%2F09%2Fopinion%2Fsunday%2Fwoody-allen-speaks-out.html%23permid%3D11123145%3AXIC6ummENx49ZR_7ZlBSIeVhifA&cuid=3198946 1. I saw the video – any reasonably sane person — trained or otherwise — would tell you that that little girl was not making it up. Not a chance. 2. If the files of the NYC child welfare agency could “talk” and ever came out it would be a very very bad day for Woody Allen. 3. Same goes for the polaroids Woody took of Soon-Yi. Very naked/nasty pictures of her spread eagled on a bed. 4. As Dylan, the grown-up, rightly says, the final “legal” word comes not from Connecticut but from NY. Doesn’t “grossly inappropriate” say anything here? The state of NY ruled he should have zero contact with his children – zero. Why did he stop fighting for them? 5. Re: Point 2. Ask Woody’s sister what she knows. Her names everywhere in the NYC files. ================= This is someone with inside knowledge.


THIS is what we should be talking about instead of a bunch of adults displaying bad behavior. The women involved were adults and could have walked out or exposed this a long time ago but the vast majority never opened their mouths. Children on the other hand are a different story. They are defenseless. Funny how a grown woman can make an accusation with no proof and the world gets hysterical but let a child say they are being abused and they are ignored. I have been waiting for these stories to come out in order to draw attendant away from the circus of bad behavior among adults to the real defenseless victims, our children. PLEASE keep coming out. Keep telling your story. I don't know if the book that was written by Cathy O'Brien is the truth (I believe it is) but if so I hope she comes out again. Her book is TRANCE-FORMATION OF AMERICA. It is free on the internet.

This article is right on. I have been reporrting a Michigan child predator since 2014. The NCMEC has validated the evidence and suspect yet no arrest. HSI and the Michigan State Police have given this scourge a hall pass to continue to violate more children.

I find it irritating how every article about Dylan farrow not only tries to make it seem like she is crazy and/or out for money, but they fail to mention the fact that woody allen also married his adopted daughter. I'm not sure how that is even legal, and even if Dylan can't prove he is guilty for raping her, he should still be arrested for marrying a child he adopted and raised as his own...

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