CA--Roman Polanski Should Face U.S. Justice For 1977 Rape, Los Angeles DA Says: Victims respond

For immediate release, March 2, 2017

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434[email protected]

In 1977, Roman Polanski was arrested on charges of drugging a raping a 13-year-old girl when he was 44. In 1978, he took a plea bargain to avoid a lengthy jail sentence. Soon after, he fled the country. Since then, members of the Hollywood elite have defended his actions by blaming the victim, calling her names, and praising Polanski’s “artistry” as a director.

But the fact remains: he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a child—a child who should have been memorizing vocabulary words in middle school, not recovering from rape and character assassination by a powerful middle-aged millionaire.

We encourage the district attorney to use all means at their disposal to hold Polanski accountable to the people and the law. 

Mr. Polanski has no moral authority in this situation. If he prefers to hide from the consequences of his actions, then he should do so quietly. We urge his defenders to remain quiet as well, out of respect for all victims of child sexual abuse.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is

Contact – Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434[email protected]), Mary Ellen Kruger (314-962-0964[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003[email protected])

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