Angela Shelton: Nudist Kid & Sexual Abuse on the Ricki Lake Show
Guest Blog by: Paulette LaRoche
Nudist Kid – Angela Shelton
The April 10, 2013 episode of Ricki (The New Ricki Lake Show), titled, “Stolen Childhoods,” featured a woman named Angela Shelton. She was there discussing her 2004 documentary, “Searching For Angela Shelton.” The film’s main subject is sexual abuse, inspired by her own abuse as a child, allegedly from her father and step-mother. She begins her story on the Ricki show, and one of the first things she says is, (this is not verbatim, by the way, but close enough.) “We were that normal, perfect family with the white picket fence…and we also went to nudist resorts.” She continues with her story, and I never heard nudist resorts mentioned again. I even located another article that says her father told her, “I made stupid mistakes about the nudist colony and the running around with your clothes off…” However, despite the fact that there was never any link specifically made between nudism and molestation, her casual comment in her introduction heavily implied that there is a clear one.
I was so angry when I heard Angela say that to Ricki! I thought it was completely irresponsible and misleading, as if ALL children who go to nudist resorts are automatic targets of sexual abuse. There is a huge difference between a family-friendly nudist resort and an orgy. One is a place where adults go to have sex, and the other is a place for people of all ages to enjoy leisurely activities while nude. A terribly mistaken thought is that nudity is purely sexual. When a small child tears off his or her diaper and exclaims, “I’m nakey,” it is never for any sexual purpose. It’s because it’s natural, and they haven’t been taught that it’s bad or shameful to be naked. I think this healthy attitude should not be stomped on. That is part of what leads to body shame and phobia.
What Angela Shelton has done to help others, and to get closure for herself, is commendable indeed. I can also understand how her personal views of nudism and nudist resorts would be a negative one if it were directly linked to her abuse. But to imply that the two are automatically linked is what I have an issue with. A child is no more likely to be abused naked than they are clothed. Of all the terrible stories I’ve heard in the news about similar occurrences, I’ve never heard one talking about nudism.
This reminds me of something I saw on a nudist website (can’t recall the particular site) where someone posed the question, “Aren’t you worried that someone may see your child and want to harm him/her in some way?” and the answer was so spot on: “Of course! But that’s because I’m a mom, not because my child is nude.” In the words of every Family Feud contestant ever: “Good Answer!”
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This Post about Angela Shelton and Growing up as a Nudist Kid was published by: Young Naturists & Nudists America
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So tell me, what have done with regards to the Rikki Lake show to set the record straight? How about getting family nudists to appear on the show?
In some ways, our textile culture protects pedophiles by cloaking their activities in shame. If a child is taught that his or her genitals are something never to be discussed, it makes it that much more difficult for them to come forward about sex abuse when it happens. Most abusers get away with their actions for years because of this. If a pedophile were to touch a nudist child, however, the child is more likely to admit, "Uncle so and so touched my (blank)."
What has one to do with the other? Just another attempt on the body phobic textiles to besmirch and vilify naturism/nudism!