There were two personal experience interviews that Cracked.com has conducted lately. One, with a survivor of abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest, and another, a former child star.

In the first interview:

“Tom,” the interviewee, talks about how he was targeted, due to the fact that the priest knew that he was lonely and unpopular, in the sense that many abusers aim for those who are the most vulnerable. (You’ll also see this in the infamous case of the Milwaukee Diocese, where as many as 200 deaf boys from hearing families were targeted.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_ab…

“Tom” also talks heavily about how the priest in question isolated him in confession, and then finally talks about how he was brainwashed to endure the abuse for two years, how adults treated kids, and a lack of sex education made him hesitant to report said abuse.

The second interview is with a woman named “Kathy.”

She talked about how her father decided her career for her, when she was 5. She remarked about how she never had a normal childhood. And if she didn’t get the words right, she would be denied food.

She also talked about how there were pedophiles everywhere in that industry, and how she was a lot more fortunate than others. Sadly, she was sexually harassed by a member of her backing band, and she was raped by a different man some time later.

Sadly she is right, and here’s an additional reading if you can stomach it, about Lou Pearlman:

“Kathy” also talks about working nightly rehearsals, not seeing any of the income, and once she put her foot down and left, her family, including her siblings, all turned against her, and ostracized her.

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However, there is a happy ending to this. “Kathy” was able to leave, earn her own money, and marry a man who loves her, along with kids.