Somebody has rightly said that the Child is the Father of Man. Sometimes, it is our own children who unintentionally help us to overcome our childhood fears and anxieties. It is in their eyes that we can see the love and admiration for our real self. The world of show business has again sparked some controversies because of two such children. Wade Robson and James Safechuck are two such men/fathers who are now in their 30s and alleged that Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were seven and ten years old, respectively.
Although in earlier suits, these very men as young boys had testified that the KING of POP was a great friend of theirs and did not sexually abuse them. So what happened suddenly that made them go against their own old statements? Probably, it was the very look in the eyes of their own sons that made them realize that they needed to connect with other parents and children who would have gone through similar horrifying experiences and would have felt “ISOLATED” and shut off from the world.
“They describe, in abundantly articulate and deeply emotional detail, how the abuse took place within the context of what appeared (to them) to be a relationship of hypnotic warmth and trust.” – as quoted by Variety magazine
Recently, Director Dan Reed made a four –hour long documentary titled Leaving Neverland depicting the interviews he took with two boys namely, Wade Robson and James Safechuck who alleged that they were sexually abused by the King of Pop when they were seven and ten years old; with their parents knowledge. One cannot actually say it that plainly because the parents as well as the children were actually in awe of the mystical warmth and affection showered on them by the celebrity. It must have taken them many years and a lot of courage revisiting Horrible acts of faith from their childhood and distinguish between acts of good faith and acts of perversion.The documentary will be aired this spring on HBO and Channel Four in Great Britain. It has been shown in some Film Festivals too.
As the Director of the documentary clearly states “If there’s anything we’ve learned during this time in our history, it’s that sexual abuse is complicated, and survivors’ voices need to be listened to. It took great courage for these two men to tell their stories and I have no question about their validity. I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.“
Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, faced multiple allegations of child sex abuse during his lifetime. Robson testified during the singer’s famous 2005 trials that Jackson never molested him but claims in Leaving Neverland he only did so because he was scared of what would happen if he told the truth. Safechuck gave similar evidence to police investigators when he was a boy but did not testify at the 2005 trial. In addition to his 2005 acquittal the performer paid a US$15 million court settlement in 1994 over allegations involving another child. Still the man was and still is worshiped as the King of Pop.
What might have made the children realize the truth of their relationship with the KING could have been the differential treatment they got after the birth of his own children. It must have taken them a lot of effort to realize that they were mere sex toys for the KING. Michael used their hobbies and interests to lure them into doing all kinds of sexual activities with him. It all started with hugging, fondling and went on to watching porn videos together. These so-called young friends /lovers were then subjected to mutual oral/anal masturbation.
As is common in most sexual abuse cases, Michael kept the secrecy with the same old pretext that if anyone of them shared their secret acts of pleasure with the outsiders, then they would both get hurt. He would have secret hiding places inside his house and commonly used rooms where he would go on to sexually play with his “young lovers’ while there were other parents/guests around. One allegation is that Jackson bought boys jewellery “in exchange for sex acts”. One of the boys claims in the documentary that because Jackson knew his love for diamonds he gifted him a golden ring with diamonds studded in it as part of a mock marriage ceremony that they had on the Ranch.
A true Satan playing on the temptations of young ones.
What fans of Michael Jackson and his family members have failed to understand about this documentary is that it is not at all about Michael or tarnishing his image or doing some gold-digging from the family. Instead it is an attempt to BREAK THE SILENCE surrounding a child sexual abuse case.
The perpetrator is dead.
The victims have grown up and have moved on in their lives.
It is their will to raise awareness about the perversion and:
Let the survivors of sexual abuse know that they are not isolated.