It does matter

Disclosing abuse is a brave act

Posted: February 24, 2014 at 2:50 a.m.

Philip Martin’s recent “On Film” column, which dealt with child-abuse allegations involving director Woody Allen, bore the sub-headline : “Many have formed opinions of filmmaker Allen. But does it matter in the grand scheme of things?” That phrase—“does it matter” — may have been unintentional, but it subtly reinforces the idea that the abuse of children isn’t really a relevant issue and that those who prey on young victims needn’t worry about the consequences of their actions.

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Editorial, Pages 11 on 02/24/2014