Alison Arngrim calls, more work needs to be done to protect child actors from potential predators.
“We need to go further, we need to be really, really simple for children to have a place to report stuff, because, unfortunately, there is a high incidence of sexual abuse in the industry,” the former child star told Fox News.
Arngrim, who fame as the bratty Nellie Oleson on the western drama “the Little House on the Prairie,” was sexually abused from the age of six years by a family member.
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However, the now 55-year-old would not open until her 40s, when she first made the shocking confession to Larry King in 2004.
Then in 2010, Arngrim published her memoir entitled, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” where she candidly about her experience in the hope it will encourage other victims to speak up.
Arngrim said that things have gotten better in Hollywood over the years, the parents of the aspiring actors still need to be aware of the dangers that exist in the industry.
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“You have people who are looking for places where children may be unattended,” she explained. “And so they go, ‘Gosh, I can be a manager or a casting director or just something to do with children and show-business.’ Their parents may not be thinking clearly. Instead, they will go, ‘Wow, this person is my child a star!’ This gives a lot of predators access to children, and they know it. There is a danger.”
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“Nasty Nellie” proved to be therapeutic for Arngrim. She previously told Fox News that is bad on the screen helped her with dealing with the sexual abuse she faced as a child.
“There is an episode where I scream, trashing the kitchen and getting flour everywhere,” she recalled. “I remember raising my fists and shouting. I looked back and went, ‘Yep, I was very relaxed after that day …’ it helped me a lot of things out of my system.”
Arngrim also showed how other child stars could face abuse closer to home.
“There are also a high number of cases of parents who do not have their children best interest at heart,” she said. “Someone who pushes a child to work, while they steal the money — the same kind of parents are unfortunately those who could sexually abuse them … but there are many more resources now.
“Back in my day there was no sexual harassment hotline. There was a safety hotline if you are doing dangerous things [set]. But now there are several hotlines, including one by the union where you can call and report if you are being harassed. This was not in my time.”
Arngrim is a lot more work will be done to help other young victims in need.
“I would like to see that very close supervision on the set,” she said. “They’re supposed to be. On ‘Little House’ it was there … but it’s not always there today and I would like to see more of that.
“There are many parents who work and can’t take their children to the set, so that they have a trusted family member. But you know, sometimes they’ll just get a boyfriend or girlfriend, or a friend of a friend. Or they hire someone as a kind of babysitter. They are supposed to be a guardian, but they are not the surveillance of everything.”