Drake Bell says he opened up about sexual abuse because of his father

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Drake Bell says his father was one reason he decided to speak out about his sexual abuse.
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  • Drake Bell says he did “Quit on Set: The Dark Side of Kids’ TV” partly because of his father.
  • Bell thought it would be difficult for her father to talk about what had happened.
  • “I’m sure my dad blames himself a lot, you know?” Bell said on “The Sarah Fraser Show.”

Drake Bell says he decided to open up about the sexual abuse he suffered from his father as a child actor.

In an episode of “The Sarah Fraser Show” released Friday, Bell talked about her decision to share her story on the documentary “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids’ TV.”

Although he was comfortable with the show’s producers, Bell said it took him some time to agree to the project because he wasn’t ready to tell the world.

After their initial meeting, Bell shared that he checked into rehab for therapy to deal with his trauma.

“Through that process, once I got out, I thought to myself, ‘You know, maybe this is a good time to reach out to them and say, Hey, I’m not 100% yet. Let’s do something. And let’s talk but I” “I’m finally getting closer to feeling comfortable sharing my story,” Bell told Fraser.

Bell shared that he was “very cautious” about including his father, Joe Bell, in the documentary series, but ultimately decided to do so because he thought it would be helpful.

“Although I was struggling with ‘Oh my God, what am I telling my story? Should I do this?’ But also with this feeling of, ‘Wow, you know, it’s all out there now. I can get it off my chest,'” Bell said. “I thought maybe doing this would be cathartic and beneficial for my dad “

Bell continued, “I’m sure my dad puts a lot of blame on himself, you know? And I thought this might be an opportunity for him to realize that, you know, this is a person It’s a mistake.”

On “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids’ TV”, Bell says he was previously an unknown minor whose dialogue coach was Brian Peck. Accused of sexual assault in 2004,

Peck worked on Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “The Amanda Show.” In October 2004 he was sentenced to 16 months in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.

But before sentencing, 41 of his family and friends – including major Hollywood celebrities such as Alan Thicke, James Marsden and Rider Strong – wrote a letter in support of Peck.

Bell also told Fraser that he had not received an apology from any of those who had supported Peck. He also shared that he only later found out that he had worked with some of them on his show “Drake & Josh.”

Bell said, “I didn’t realize that for four years I was working with people who supported them, and maybe in their minds they were thinking about me in a certain way, and I thought they were thinking about me. Were friends.”

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