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IS THIS TRUE? from HORATIO
Created ByEdward
Created DateSat, Feb 07, 2004
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EdwardSubjectIS THIS TRUE? from HORATIO
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I read somewhere that River was sexually molested since he was like
4. Which is really really really sad. IS this true?

Horatio
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Hi HORATIO...

Yes, it does appear that this story is true, although all the
details about it are unknown to us. What we do know is that the
Phoenixes belonged to a religious cult called Children of God which,
at some time during their membership, began to practice childsex. We
do not know how much involvement River had with it, although he did
admit to losing his virginity when he was 4. We know the family left
the cult because of what they referred to as "weird practices."

We don't really KNOW any more than this, and I personally guard
myself against speculation, especially on a subject which is so
provocative.

Barry's book, "IN SEARCH OF RIVER PHOENIX", has a long chapter
on this subject including an extensive psychological profile of the
adult personalities of people who have been sexually abused as
children.

Naturally, everyone wants to know how much River's parents were
aware of, and we don't know the answer to that, either. It seems
likely to me that this was a major reason for their leaving the cult,
however, but they have not said anything about it. Again, speculation
seems out of order and certainly we have no way to lay blame on
anyone, including John and Arlyn.

I'm just glad they left the cult, and that River was able to
develop his amazing talent, and become the sensitive and articulate
person he was on behalf off all kinds of abuse going on in the world.

Love to River and to All of Us!

Edward




> I read somewhere that River was sexually molested since he was like
> 4. Which is really really really sad. IS this true?
>
> Horatio
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