Cameron Thor, a 54-year-old actor who appeared in the movie “Jurassic Park,” has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old girl.
The victim met with the suspect to attend acting classes in April of 2008. After the consultation, Thor allegedly drove the victim to a secluded area in Agoura Hills and sexually assaulted her. The assault allegedly took place over the course of one year until March of 2009.
Cameron is being held on $2,600,000 bail.
There are questions that arise in these situations like, “Why did the victim wait six years to report this to police?” It is not exactly clear why at this time but many victims of sexual abuse, especially children; do not report the abuse right away out of fear and/or guilt.
Pedophilia and predators in Hollywood is nothing new. Allison Arngrim, who starred on “Little House on the Prairie,” wrote a book about her experience. She stated, "They look for kids whose parents are maybe going through a divorce, are very naive, suffering with addiction problems, or are simply crazy stage parents who will look the other way."
"In Hollywood, there are parents who will practically prostitute their kids in the hope they can make money and get ahead. It is a horrible trap that the kids are in," Arngrim said. "These people aren't seeing their kid as a kid. It's more common than you think."
In the case of Thor allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old girl, it is very likely she did not report the abuse because she did not want to miss the chance of possibly getting a great role or she was coerced not to tell to save Thor’s reputation.
Many people in the acting industry are in a position of power and use that power to satisfy their wants and needs. The “casting couch” is the trading of sexual favors by an aspirant to a superior in return for an occupation or advancement.
It is unfortunate that some individuals who are seen by the public as “stars” are taking advantage of vulnerable people who are sometimes desperate to become famous. What is even worse is that some of these desperate people are young teenagers who do not feel they have any other options to succeed.
Even if a young teenager consents to a sexual act with an adult, it is still rape and it is still wrong. Sexual abuse of children is already abundant enough here in the United States. You would think that those who have such an influence on the public would use their position of power for helping victims instead of creating them.