Powerful words. Small people, big world alum Jacob Roloff spoke about her story of childhood sexual abuse during a question-and-answer session on Instagram on Monday, Jan.3.
“Why didn’t you file a complaint against your attacker?” debuted one fan, referring to alleged Roloff abuser, Chris Cardamone, who worked on the TLC reality series from 2007 to 2010. Roloff was between the ages of 10 and 13 at that time.
“Help explain your absence. I have often wondered what really happened… and especially since you were a child, how much do you have to say. I’m just sorry you had to experience it, but I’m glad you’re on the other side, “added the fan.” You’ve mentioned names and you’re holding them accountable. I hope to God that man was arrested or at least had to pay for what he did. “
“Appreciate the feeling. Unfortunately, and I think this is important for others as well, it is extremely difficult to pursue any legal action due to a system built to do so. It will not have repercussions except perhaps socially from my position “, Roloff, 24, who has passed away Small people, big world, in 2016, he replied.
“A cruel world and a joke of the legal system! He just points out that we should, in general, believe the victims, “the Oregon native continued.” If they can’t find closure through legal action (the most common outcome), they should at least be able to find support and validation in the people around them! “
In December 2020, Roloff, who shares his son Mateo Tomás with his wife Isabella rock, accused Cardamone of molesting him.
“It is often much easier to think about things than to talk about them, and so this revelation was delayed, but through that delay I found the fortitude and the words. As a child, after what I realize now was a long process of preparation, I was harassed by an executive producer in the field for Small people, big world, Chris Cardamone, “he wrote at the time.
“I do not expect to publicly disclose the details of this meeting at any time. I hope he is never allowed to be with children again. I choose to reveal it now as it remains a traumatic memory that must be exorcised of any further power over my development, “explained Roloff.
“By revealing this, I could be more fully understood and my perspective on issues such as child sexual abuse, child exploitation and the collateral costs of reality TV can be received more clearly. Although I should add that this experience has not only defined my point of view on any of these issues, nor has it defined my view of the world in general, “concluded the father of one of them, noting that” he needed silence. and time “to elaborate his experience.
After Roloff’s post, TLC came forward with a statement. “TLC has just been informed of an alleged meeting which took place years ago involving a third party connected to the production of Small people, big world. We are saddened and concerned by this very serious accusation and TLC will work in partnership with the authorities, “the network wrote at the time.” Our main goal remains to support the Roloff family in this very difficult time.
Cardamone has never faced the charges.
According to The US Sun, Cardamone pleaded guilty to an unrelated child sex crime in 2008 and served 73 days in prison.
“In September 2008, sheriff’s officers and investigators conducted a child molestation investigation,” a public information officer for the Santa Clara, California sheriff’s office told the store. “The suspect, Christopher Cardamone, was eventually arrested and locked up in San Jose’s main prison for lewd and lewd acts with a minor.”
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, call the National hotline for sexual assaults at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A qualified staff member will provide confidential, non-judgmental support as well as local resources to assist in healing, recovery, and more.