Dylan Farrow Shares Sexual Abuse at the Hands of Woody Allen in Open Letter

Posted Sunday February 2, 2014 10:27 AM GMT

As awards season rolls on and her adoptive father continues to receive praise for his work, Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter explaining how Woody Allen sexually abused her as a child.

Published in the New York Times, Dylan provides some disturbing details about the alleged abuse, explaining, "I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal. I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters."

Specifically, she recalls one incident, sharing, "[W]hen I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house.
He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies."

Dylan goes on to share her own issues that developed from the abuse, the media's reaction, and lack of prosecution of her father.

Finally, Ms. Farrow says, "For so long, Woody Allen’s acceptance silenced me. It felt like a personal rebuke, like the awards and accolades were a way to tell me to shut up and go away. But the survivors of sexual abuse who have reached out to me – to support me and to share their fears of coming forward, of being called a liar, of being told their memories aren’t their memories – have given me a reason to not be silent, if only so others know that they don’t have to be silent either."

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