“For me, some old guy molested me. In the experience of life, you understand that this is really not an uncommon thing and lots of more awful things happen to people. Other people get through it. But the trauma of the police, the publicity, the media, to have everyone say I was lying and to have my whole family involved, I felt a little responsible. We couldn’t leave the house, my phone wouldn’t stop ringing. That 10 minutes of my life with him, I didn’t get to look back on it that much because I had worse things to deal with every day.”
That’s Samantha Gailey Geimer on BitchMagazine.com discussing her new book, The Girl: A Life In The Shadow Of Roman Polanski. The memoir, which was just published, described the incident when she was 13 during which the world-famous director gave her alcohol and quaaludes and then raped her vaginally, anally and orally. In this interview, Geimer explains how the actual rape itself was relatively small compared to the repeated harassment of her and her family by the media — she was accused of being a liar; her mother was accused of trying to shake down Polanski for money — and the pressure of performing the role of the traumatized victim to the media.
Bitch quoted the introduction of Geimer’s book in which she wrote, “We have what I like to think of as a Victim Industry in this country, an industry populated by Nancy Grace and Dr. Phil and Gloria Allred and all those who make money by manufacturing outrage.” While she acknowledges she has participated in that industry, she also thinks it should be in the hands of the victims. Sounds like a fascinating read. [Bitch Magazine]