Sony Pictures: Don't Glamorize Statutory Rape
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Sony Pictures: Don't Glamorize Statutory Rape

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Child sexual abuse is not a laughing matter. Yet, the subject is made light of in Sony Pictures' new film, That’s My Boy.

The sexual relationship between Adam Sandler’s 13-year-old character, Donny, and his 8th grade teacher is statutory rape. It is a case we hear about all too often, in which an authority figure abuses a minor entrusted to her care. Ninety percent of victims know their abusers.

To suggest in advertisements that Donny’s relationship with his teacher makes him a “legend” is reprehensible and irresponsible. It perpetuates our reluctance as a society to engage in a healthy dialogue about the realities of child sexual abuse.

The movie’s release coincides with increased attention to those realities. This week marks the beginning of Jerry Sandusky’s trial for alleged sexual abuse of 10 victims during his tenure at Penn State University. Recently, The New York Times uncovered incidences of sexual abuse at an elite preparatory school dating back to the 1970s. And, this year, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Roman Catholic Church.

The time for robust public education about child sexual abuse is now – before actual cases are overshadowed by the fictional one in That's My Boy.

Sign the petition and ask that Sony Pictures commit to

- Publicly acknowledging that the movie features a relationship amounting to statutory rape;

- Adding a disclaimer along the same lines to the movie's opening credits; and

- Creating and promoting public service announcements that educate adults about child sexual abuse and empower them to protect the children in their lives.

Together, we can channel the attention on child sexual abuse into action on prevention.

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    • Michael Prats KATY, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      Sony Execs must be idiots!

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    • Fucking Idiots ON YOUR WAY NOW, LA
      • almost 2 years ago

      No one said you had to watch the movie! It's just a movie! Get over it and get a life! While it has happened in real life, and it is a shame, IT'S JUST A MOVIE! Just like music and tv, if you don't like it, don't watch it or listen to it and don't spend the money! I had my cable shut off because there is nothing on tv but stupid reality tv that is not real reality but scripted stupid people...like you all. GROW UP!

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    • Bonnie Stillwater LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My 11 year old daughter and I are great fans of Adam Sandler, which is why I am so disappointed to discover that one of his movies would send a message that a sexual relationship between a child student and an adult teacher might be anything but criminal. I hope Mr. Sandler and all Hollywood filmmakers in the future will treat this serious issue with the respect and compassion it deserves, as it causes so much life-long suffering for all child victims of sexual abuse.

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    • Ana Acevedo HAYDEN, AL
      • almost 2 years ago

      When I was a minor I was abused by an authoritive figure which I was entrusted in his care.

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    • Lisa Kendzior SOUTHLAKE, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a SNAP leader, this is too close to the stories we have learned from survivors of abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church and other denominations. This isn't funny--it's disgusting. Sony Pictures, shame on you!

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