The parents, who see themselves as protectors of their children, feel betrayed and suddenly powerless. Annie feels betrayed by her best friend. Trust is broken on several levels. The ending is not what you might expect, because there is no end to child exploitation, there's only awareness and an effective defense.
In an age where every cell phone is a computer with Internet access, there are no "parental controls" that can fully protect our children and grandchildren from sexual predators. In this cyber age, the old parental warnings not to take candy from strangers or get into a stranger's car have limited effect, especially when pedophiles can slither directly into your child's bedroom via Internet connection.
David Schwimmer is not new to this subject. He is a member of the board of directors of the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, which says it has assisted more than 40,000 sexual assault victims, both children and adults.
"Our hope," says Schwimmer, "is that this movie starts a dialogue for parents and their children about Internet safety and how sometimes the Internet can be the 'scary uncle' that no one wants to acknowledge."
We'd better acknowledge it and "Trust" helps us do so. It is a powerful and necessary lesson for parents and children. Go see it. It isn't entertainment. It's real life.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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