I recently watched Amy Berg's 2015 documentary exposé of child sexual abuse in the film and TV industry, An Open Secret. It's a profoundly unsettling film, even for me as a clinician who has worked extensively with both perpetrators and victims. Yet I think it's important for people to see how perpetrators operate, and how they rationalize and equivocate to justify their actions. Listen to former child actor Joey Coleman confront talent agent Michael Harrah over the phone, followed by Harrah's response when confronted on camera (confrontation begins here).
If you do some follow up reading on your own, you'll learn that several of those who were exposed in this documentary got off with relative slaps on the wrist, with some of the most egregious offenders walking away unscathed, either continuing in the film industry or moving on to other successful enterprises.
I applaud Berg for not turning on parents of the victims, who are themselves victims of these predators. It's all too easy to attack parents who love their children and find themselves seduced into trusting individuals who have been recommended by friends, family members and other industry professionals.
An Open Secret scored 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, but distribution has been a challenge. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the producer has made it available free for the next 7 days.