Topic: Child Abuse

Troubled Actor Edward Furlong Allegedly Exposed His 6-Year-Old To Cocaine, Officially Hits Rock Bottom

Troubled Actor Edward Furlong Allegedly Exposed His 6-Year-Old To Cocaine, Officially Hits Rock Bottom

Months ago, actor Edward Furlong was seen wandering the streets of Skid Row in LA, prompting plenty of internet discussion about drug addiction. And unfortunately, it looks like circumstances for the once up-and-coming actor have not improved. In recent legal reports, Furlong’s ex-wife claims that the actor exposed their 6-year-old son to cocaine and should no longer be allowed unsupervised visitation. More »

Make-Up On My 4-Year-Old Doesn’t ‘Invite’ Pedophiles

Make-Up On My 4-Year-Old Doesnât âInviteâ Pedophiles

I can admit that I was prepared for a little internet blowback from appearing on Good Morning America to talk about allowing my daughter to wear make-up. I understood that agreeing to the interview meant opening myself up to other people’s opinions and observations. As a blogger, I welcome critiques every day.

But I have to admit that there is a vein of comments surrounding the issue of young children and make-up that I find particularly disturbing. I’m okay with people saying I’m wrong. I’m fine with someone saying that I need to re-think this decision. Those people are entitled to their opinions. I’m not okay with commenters saying, ”This is one reason why pedophiles exist.” More »

For The Record, Lolita Was Not Sexually Precocious — She Was Raped

For The Record, Lolita Was Not Sexually Precocious â She Was Raped

When I first encountered the literary classic Lolita, I was the same age as the infamous female character. I was 15 and had heard about a book in which a grown man carries on a sexual relationship with a much younger girl. Naturally, I quickly sought out the book and devoured the entire contents on my bedroom floor, parsing through Humbert Humbert‘s French and his erotic fascination for his stepdaughter, the light of his life, the fire of his loins — Dolores Haze. I remember being in the ninth grade and turning over the cover that presented a coy pair of saddle shoes as I hurried through the final pages in homeroom.

Although I remember admiring the book for all its literary prowess, what I don’t recall is how much of the truth of that story resonated with me given that I was a kid myself. Because it wasn’t until I reread the book as an adult that I realized Lolita had been raped. She had been raped repeatedly, from the time she was 12 to when she was 15 years old. More »