Santa Barbara in front of incest

 By Joan Mac Trevor, CinÚ TÚlÚ Revue, 1992

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The veil rises more and more on many  taboo subjects. Truths openly burst. Tragic miscellaneous news constantly reveal the torments of some children, drudge of many adults. Studies try to explain the rise of this often choked violence and justice stamps in front of the crimes. To denounce their existence, stars (often American because in France, the law of silence is still required) acknowledge, under the fires of the projectors, to have been maltreated during the first years of their existence. Thus Catherine Oxenberg, the ex-Amanda of Dynasty, Roseanne Barr from the show of the same name... The medias join to denounce the horrors lived by young children. Television, thanks to scenario-truth, denounces the horror more and more. Even the sacrosanct TV shows consider the dramas for better sensitizing the population. Knots Landing (which recently reported the case of Jason, a beaten child), The Bold and the Beautiful... are some examples among others.

This time, they are the writers of Santa Barbara who were concerned with the raped childhood with the arrival of a new character, the young B.J. Walker (played by Sydney Penny, who was Rachel Ward child in The Thorn Birds). The one who is friendly called "uncle Frank" (Nicholas Walker), the best friend of her parents, Reese and Jodie, abuses her. Never, B.J. would have imagined that her "uncle" would act like this; she appreciated him so much... In fact, he was the only one to treat her as an adult. But the confidence which she feeled towards him quickly moults in apprehension. Her entourage understood only little by little the horror that lived the young girl. One day that she had, for school, to write an essay on the brutalities inflicted to children, B.J. chose to report the story of a fictitious kid, raped, baptized R.A.. Frank, police officer, will try everything to prevent her from composing her text...

This episode was directed in collaboration with the Childhelp USA and the National Child Abuse Hotline, two associations which, in the United States, come to assist all the children victims of sexual abuses. Perhaps it would therefore be necessary to cure the evil at the origin...