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    you have been deeply injured emotionally by your ordeal and I truly hope that you can find healing. It is not my intention to add to your pain and it was never my intention to become an advocate for Woody Allen's innocence but my sincere feeling after doing more reading than I had ever wanted to that there simply isn't enough clear evidence available publicly for me to add my voice to those who are calling for a universal condemnation of the man.

    Please understand that I am far from indifferent toward child abuse, either sexual or otherwise. I think it is reprehensible and leaves a permanent scar on whoever it touches. It makes me sad just to think about it. But I am also deeply committed to the principle of presumption of innocence, whether in a court of law or the court of public opinion. I just haven't seen enough to allow me in good conscience to brand him a certain molester. But if he is indeed guilty he hasn't gotten off Scott free, few people will ever look at a Woody Allen movie in quite the same way and few will find will be able to hear his name mentioned without there being a degree of doubt about his character. I am, myself in that number.

    In the end I certainly agree with those who say that we need to be vigilant in protecting children from abusers and they should never be treated dismissively if they reach  to the adults around them for help.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 09:09:13 PM PST

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    •  I think that we need to stop (2+ / 0-)
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      making the whole sordid detail about the feelings of the casual observers and consider the feelings of Dylan Farrow and other survivors who never got justice.  We need to stop making these cases about the integrity of the victims and their supporters, and start having conversations about how we handle them and their feelings and how much damage was done to them, and not coming off as feeling "bad" for the person accused of abuse.  There is no real "damage" to Woody Allen's reputation.  He will never be prosecuted for the crimes alleged to have been committed against Dylan, but that should not completely absolve him from reproach, especially when there is a compelling case to be made that he is a sexual predator.  I believe that he is a sexual predator.  He has displayed all the behaviors of one in regards to both Dylan and Soon-Yi.  And so, he gets my scorn for him and others like him, who use privilege as a shield so as to avoid accountability for their actions.

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