Why does Joann Wypijewski rely upon 25 year-old arguments to suggest that Dylan Farrow is making up things in her head and Woody Allen is probably mostly blameless? Why does Joann dredge up the controversy over the book, “Courage to Heal” from well over two decades ago? Does Joann know that many of the proponents of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (is it a syndrome? or a catch-phrase?) were supporters of sex with children? Did her research turn up the no fewer than seventeen
studies showing that one in three girls are molested before the age of 18? One in five boys (they don’t tend to report, so the statistic is fuzzy)? What impresses me about the letter from Dylan Farrow (which, BTW, was not put forward by Nicholas Kristof as “fact” but was published under Opinion), is that she exhibits characteristics of someone suffering from incest in childhood. Memories can be altered in their details, but to invent a traumatizing memory out of whole cloth, and then find the characteristics of serious trauma present twenty-five years later, isn’t realistic according to data. Trauma has a root that is based in real experience.
I tend to believe Dylan because she exhibits the symptoms other victims of incest exhibit. There were officials at the time that had enough evidence to prosecute, but Mia Farrow declined to do it. Today, she wouldn’t have that choice. The authorities would prosecute on behalf of the child. Reading in this article that Allen was behaving in “inappropriately intense” ways underscores for me the probability that Dylan is telling a real truth, not one implanted in her head.
This article is beneath the dignity of The Nation. Better research and less slant, please. Base it on current research.
Mar 4 2014 - 12:59am