RAINN Statement on HBO’s Allen v. Farrow Documentary

On Sunday, February 21, HBO aired the first episode of Allen v. Farrow, a four-part documentary series exploring the child sexual abuse allegations against filmaker Woody Allen made by his daughter, Dylan Farrow. For years, at a high personal cost, Dylan and her family have reported that Allen sexually abused Dylan as a child. Allen v. Farrow fills in new details.

“Today, in the midst of a global pandemic that has isolated children and cut them off from critical sources of support, it is more important than ever that adults learn to recognize the signs of abuse and how to help the children who need them,” said Heather Drevna, RAINN vice president of communications.

Every nine minutes, child protective services substantiates, or finds evidence for, a claim of child sexual abuse, and statistics show that, in more than 90 percent of cases, the child knows the perpetrator.

“We are grateful for Dylan Farrow’s courage in sharing her powerful story, not just of abuse, but of hope. Survivors need to know that, no matter what happened to them, it was not their fault and they are not alone. No matter how long it has been since the abuse occurred, it is never too late to start healing and find support,” said Drevna.

Subsequent episodes for the documentary, from directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, will air on consecutive Sunday evenings on HBO and HBO Max. RAINN has collaborated with HBO to ensure those watching the series have access to information about child sexual abuse, grooming, and abuse warning signs to watch for. For more, please visit Allen v. Farrow’s resource page.

If you or someone you love has been affected by sexual abuse, you are not alone and it is never too late to seek support. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 with free, confidential support by phone at 800.656.HOPE (4673) and online at online.rainn.org or en Espanol a rainn.org/es.

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