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Roman Polanski’s Victim Finally Speaks; I Wish She Wouldn’t

Every few years, it seems, we are collectively forced to revisit the cultural maelstrom that is Roman Polanski. Sometimes it’s because a new...

Every few years, it seems, we are collectively forced to revisit the cultural maelstrom that is Roman Polanski.

Sometimes it’s because a new film by the European director has come out. Sometimes it’s because Polanski is (once again) fleeing arrest somewhere. And sometimes it’s because we all need to pause and revisit the term rape.

This time, however, our cultural re-connection with Monsieur Polanski comes in the form of news that the then-13-year-old girl whom he drugged and raped in Jack Nicholson’s home all those years ago is publishing a memoir to tell her side of the story.

Samantha Geimer – yes, she has a name – has penned a memoir entitled “The Girl: Emerging From the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” In her own words, “I am more than Sex Victim Girl, a tag the media pinned on me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose — to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity…I am not a stick figure. I know what it is like to be a woman and a victim in the realest possible way.”

Read the rest of this post on The Washington Post’s She The People blog

 

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  1. Dee October 13, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    Really, Delia…..I wish Roman Polanski wouldn’t…do any thing, make a movie, be in the magazines, get any attention. This woman has a history, a story and as long as we would “rather not” hear it…it will be okay to take advantage of young girls and boys. It’s an ugly story, it’s 35+ years old now, so why is it still important???? because people like Roman Polanski should feel shame, shame shame for the rest of his life. Luckily this woman seems to have created a life for herself in spite of the damage. Don’t ever suggest someone just forget about it and move on…it’s our only hope to change.

    • delialloyd October 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      Thanks Dee. It’s not that I don’t think she has a right to her story. I do. It’s that I don’t think that it will end well for her. Couldn’t agree more re: Polanski…

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