Roman Polanski's Arrest: Bad for Hollywood, Good for Victims

Hollywood rallies around the sex-offender, while rape victims find vindication.
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Roman Polanski’s Arrest: Bad for Hollywood, Good for Victims

Hollywood rallies around the sex-offender, while rape victims find vindication.

-Jane Farrell

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The arrest of movie director Roman Polanski late last week, on charges stemming from his rape of a 13-year-old girl, is a positive signal for victims of similar ordeals, an expert tells

“Psychologically, this arrest is good for victims of rape,” says Nancy Brooks, Ph.D., a Mental-Health expert on with extensive experience in working with victims of trauma. “Rape survivors identify with this international case because they want justice for fellow victims … One way women have reported feeling safer is when they know that rapists are punished for their crimes.”

Polanski, 76, pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with the girl, but in January 1978 fled the United States after he made the deal, believing the judge in the case would give him a tougher sentence than he expected.

Since then, Polanski, who has both French and Polish citizenship, has lived in Europe and continued his career as a respected director. In fact, he was arrested and jailed in Switzerland, which has an extradition treaty with the U.S., as he was getting ready to receive a lifetime-achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.

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  1. I’m appalled that people I have respected — like Whoopi Goldberg and Woody Allen — are taking the stand they are regarding this. If Roman Polanski was some accountant or grocery store clerk who’d been living abroad all this time to avoid rape charges, no one would think twice about finally bringing him to justice. So what if he’s a great artist? He drugged and raped a child. End of story.

  2. I cannot believe Hollywood. I will boycott any star who stands up for this piece of trash. He should rot in jail where he belongs. Too bad he did not rape the daughters of the stars who are standing up for him. Wonder what they would do then.

  3. I have one question which no one seems to be answering and this is where Whoopi’s comment came from(I saw the show that day). WHERE WAS HER MOTHER IN ALL OF THIS. If I am not mistaken, her mother is the one who brought her to Polanksi to ‘further her career’. I think she needs some accountability as well. I never would have allowed my daughter in that type of situation.

  4. Isn’t there a statute of limitations on crimes committed in the US? I thought everything would be dropped after so many years. And if Geimer has forgiven him and doesn’t want the media attention his arrest has given her, then it should be let go. I bet most of you who say he’s scum now have been enjoying his movies for years.

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