Angela Shelton: Nudist Kid and Sexual Abuse on the Ricki Lake Show
Guest Blog Angela Shelton by: Paulette LaRoche
Angela Shelton – growing up as a nudist kid:
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.”
Angela 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 naturism 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. 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. 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. Especially 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 or 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 and Nudists America YNA