Stephen Collins Finally Confesses to Sexually Abusing Girls in Sick & Sad Essay

stephen collinsWith the constant stream of headlines nabbed by the Bill Cosby sex scandal, the sick tale involving 7th Heaven's Stephen Collins slipped to the back of our minds. Well, thanks to a bizarre confession to People magazine, it's in our face once again. You may recall, a couple months ago, tapes were released of Collins admitting to sexually abusing young girls. Since then, he has remained quiet and seemingly hidden until now. Take a look at what he has to say for himself.

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In the long statement, he went into shocking details about the crimes he has committed. 

Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since. I've decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist's or my knowledge or consent.

While I am happy to see him take responsibility for his heinous behavior, the following bit is troublesome:

On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago. The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.

So, he's basically saying that what he did isn't as bad as people have been made to believe. Can I call BS on this one? He molested children. He ruined the childhoods of innocent, trusting kids. Sorry, but there is no lessening that fact. He goes on to say that he had a chance to apologize to one of his victims and that she was "extraordinarily gracious" about the situation.

But after I learned in the course of my treatment that my being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds, I have not approached the other two women, one of whom is now in her 50s and the other in her 30s.

You know what could make things better? If he actually paid for his crimes, served jail time for what he did -- that could go a long way in helping them heal. I suppose the world can find some measure of comfort in the fact that "I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way" in the last 20 years. At least there are no other victims -- at least we pray there are no more.

What do you think of Collins' confession?

 

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