Angela Shelton: Naturist Child and Sexual Abuse on the Ricki Lake Show

Guest Website Angela Shelton by: Paulette LaRoche

Angela Shelton – growing up as a nudist child:
The April 10, 2013 episode of Ricki (The New Ricki Lake Show), titled, Stolen Childhoods, featured a girl named Angela Shelton. She was there discussing her 2004 documentary Searching For Angela Shelton. The film’s primary subject is sexual abuse, inspired by her own abuse as a child, purportedly from her dad and stepmother.
She starts her story on the Ricki show, and one of the first things she says is, (this isn’t verbatim, incidentally, but close enough.) We were that standard, perfect family with the white picket fence and we also went to nudist resorts.
Angela continues with her narrative, and I never heard nudist resorts mentioned again. I even located another post that says her father told her, I made dumb errors about the nudist colony and the running around with your clothing away
However, despite the fact that there was never any link specially made between naturismand molestation, her casual comment in her introduction greatly suggested that there is a definite one.
Angela Shelton, celebrity who grew up as a naturist
I was so angry when I heard Angela say that to Ricki! I believed it was totally irresponsible and misleading. As if ALL kids who go to naturist resorts are automatic targets of sexual abuse. There’s a difference between -friendly nudist resort and an orgy!
One is a location where adults go to have sex. The other is a place for people of all ages to enjoy leisurely actions while nude. A extremely misguided thought is that nudity is only sexual. When a small kid tears off his or her diaper and exclaims, I’m nakey, it is never for any sexual intent. It’s because it is natural. They’ven’t been educated that it’s bad or to be nude. I believe 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 resolution for herself, is commendable indeed. I can also understand how her personal perspectives of naturism and naturist resorts would be a negative one. Particularly if it were directly linked to her abuse.
But to indicate that the two are automatically linked is what I have an problem with. A kid is no more likely to be mistreated nude than they’re clothed. Of all the awful stories I’ve discovered in the news about similar occurrences, I’ve never heard one talking about naturism.
This reminds me of something I saw on a naturist web site (can’t recall the specific site) where someone posed the question, Are Not you worried that someone may see your kid and desire to hurt him or her in some way? and the reply was so spot on: Of course! But that’s because I am a mom, not because my child is bare. In the words of every Family Feud contestant ever: Good Response!
If you liked this article, check out “Nudists on TV: Modern Family Not So Modern?”
This Place about Angela Shelton and Growing up as a Nudist Child was published by: Young Naturists and Nudists America FKK
Tags: children and youngsters, family, sexuality, television
Category: Naked News, Nudist Kids and Problems with Nudity and Children, Social Nudity Websites
About the Writer (Author Profile)
Guest blogs written alone for Naturist Portal.