Former child star discusses sex abuse in Hollywood

April 12, 2014 Comments Off on Former child star discusses sex abuse in Hollywood

Former child star discusses sex abuse in Hollywood
BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer April 10, 2014

….Adults in the Hollywood system and his own family abused him mentally and sexually, he says, at a time when he was one of the world’s biggest child stars. He’s only recently figured out how to defeat these real-life terrors.

“It’s all about communication,” Feldman said in an interview with the Daily News this week. “Victims need to feel they can open up and express themselves in these situations.”

Feldman opened up about his own abuse in Coreyography, a memoir published in October that details the California native’s quick rise from television commercials to feature films, along with his often-rocky friendship with fellow troubled child actor Corey Haim, who died in 2010, and Michael Jackson, whom he first met on the set of “Goonies.”

One reviewer described the book as “unflinchingly bleak.”

“I had a very rough childhood,” Feldman said. “But when I was on the set and working with my peers, in films like ‘Goonies,’ I made deep bonds I still carry today. I try to look back on most of it in a good and positive light.”….

In Coreyography, Feldman claims he was sexually abused by men in his circles, including his own employees. They would often give him drugs before, during and after, and he developed addictions before he turned 18.

“I was just trying to depress those feelings,” he said. “It’s fairly common for victims to become addicts.”

Feldman didn’t identify his alleged abusers because the statute of limitations ran out years ago, but he said at least one is a well-known Hollywood figure.

Victims often recall the abuse decades after it happened, when memories are jarred loose by sobriety or therapy, and Feldman said abusers shouldn’t get a pass just because of the calendar….
http://articles.philly.com/2014-04-10/news/49035172_1_corey-feldman-goonies-crime-victims

Corey Feldman’s ‘Coreyography’ Details Sexual Abuse He, Corey Haim Faced, Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim

October 22, 2013 Comments Off on Corey Feldman’s ‘Coreyography’ Details Sexual Abuse He, Corey Haim Faced, Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim

Corey Feldman’s ‘Coreyography’ Details Sexual Abuse He, Corey Haim Faced  The Huffington Post  By Cavan Sieczkowski 10/21/2013

In his new memoir, Coreyography, Corey Feldman details the sexual abuse he and fellow child star Corey Haim endured in Hollywood at the hands of men they worked with and considered friends. Due out Oct. 28, the book also describes years of drug abuse both he and Haim faced.

On the 1986 set of “Lucas,” Haim told Feldman that “an adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the guys do. So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers … and Haim allowed himself to be sodomized,” Feldman wrote, per an excerpt obtained by Page Six.

After relaying the incident to Feldman, Haim asked, “So, I guess we should play around like that, too?” Feldman dismissed him, saying, that’s “not what kids do, man.” But Feldman went on to suffer abuse himself, specifically by a man named “Ron,” whom his father hired as his assistant. Ron allegedly took advantage of him after turning him onto drugs.

Both Haim and Feldman battled substance abuse issues for years. Feldman, now 42, reached a breaking point when he was arrested for heroin in 1990 at 19 years old. After two more drug arrests, he got sober. Haim was in and out of rehab for addiction 15 times before his death in 2010.

“Corey was raped at the age of 11,” Feldman writes, via the New York Daily News, “and like many, many victims, drug use became an easy, if also tragic, way for him to escape the weight of that shame.”….
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/corey-feldman-sexual-abuse_n_4136524.html

Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim. Dube SR, Anda RF, Whitfield CL, Brown DW, Felitti VJ, Dong M, Giles WH. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Jun;28(5):430-8.

Source
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3724, USA.

Abstract
BACKGROUND:
Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a worldwide problem. Although most studies on the long-term consequences of CSA have focused on women, sexual abuse of both boys and girls is common….

METHODS:
A retrospective cohort study was conducted from 1995 to 1997 among 17,337 adult HMO members in San Diego, California….

RESULTS:
Contact CSA was reported by 16% of males and 25% of females. Men reported female perpetration of CSA nearly 40% of the time, and women reported female perpetration of CSA 6% of the time. CSA significantly increased the risk of the outcomes. The magnitude of the increase was similar for men and women. For example, compared to reporting no sexual abuse, a history of suicide attempt was more than twice as likely among both men and women who experienced CSA (p<0.05). Compared with those who did not report CSA, men and women exposed to CSA were at a 40% increased risk of marrying an alcoholic, and a 40% to 50% increased risk of reporting current problems with their marriage (p<0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:
In this cohort of adult HMO members, experiencing CSA was common among both men and women….These findings strongly indicate that boys and girls are vulnerable to this form of childhood maltreatment…
PMID: 15894146
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15894146

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