16 Oct 2021INSTAGRAM.com
On her Instagram
Verificado I’m so inspired by young people around the world who are on the front lines of the struggle for human rights. From protecting the environment to fighting inequality and discrimination, they are stepping in to do the work adults should but so far have failed to do. And in refugee camps and conflict areas globally, children are bearing the burden of the consequences of those bad decisions. When children and young people have the agency, power and knowledge to speak up, they can change the lives of both young people and adults, helping to achieve a more equal society.
In an interview with CBC
So you have to be 19 and up to go to 99 per cent of shows in Vancouver, and I just think it's really dumb. And I think it's reckless on these adults behalf that are running the country. They're keeping art and music away from the youth and that's not right. You can go to a hockey game and people are drinking way more there and people are punching each other and getting in fights in the stands and on the ice. So I don't understand why you can't go to a little small club where they serve alcohol. A bunch of my favourite bands are playing this year and I can't even get in because they just won't [let me in] ... I tweeted that out too a few B.C. legislative people, and I tagged them and I know they can see it and they just didn't respond.
In a statement to Us Weekly, talking about his suggestion in a 2003 interview that Samantha Geimer welcomed being raped by Roman Polanski when she was 13 in 1977
I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on “The Howard Stern Show” speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her. Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski. When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn’t take Ms. Geimer’s feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry. So, Ms. Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect. I am sorry Samantha.
In an interview with GQ, talking about child abuse and The Australian Childhood Foundation
Tony Abbott said to me, ‘You know, I went to a Catholic school as a kid but no one did anything to me. Maybe I wasn’t good-looking enough.’ I’m sat there, like, ‘Is he kidding? Is he making light of this issue?’
19 Jul 2017ORG.au
In the The Australian Childhood Foundation website, where he's recognized as a Patron
Child abuse is Australia’s biggest social problem, I was lucky enough to grow up in a loving, supportive household, but my parents have been social workers for more than 20 years, and from them I know the lasting damage that abuse and neglect can cause. The trauma of abuse stays with children long after the threat has left them, unless they are helped to heal. I am also very appreciative of the work the Foundation does to prevent abuse before it has a chance to occur. Knowledge, information and connectedness are such powerful weapons in the fight against abuse, and the more we make ourselves aware of the issue of child abuse, the better we can support vulnerable children and their families within our community and keep them safe from harm.
26 Sep 2016INSTAGRAM.com
On his Instagram
I just signed up to the @YGAP @polishedman campaign! One in five children fall victim to physical and/or sexual violence, before they turn 18. That’s one too many. For the month of October, I’ll be painting one nail to represent this statistic and raise awareness and funds to end violence against children. Sign up today at www.polishedman.com and donate !#polishedman # Thanks to @laurapanton for all her incredible work !!
In an interview with GQ, talking about his efforts to raise money to The Australian Childhood Foundation
A survey conducted a while ago asked members of the public what they think the number one concern is for the country. They said petrol prices, taxes and so on… but nobody said child abuse. It’s something that is difficult to talk about but our discomfort as adults is far less and in no comparison to what these children are going through… we need to act.
In an interview with Howard Stern, talking about Roman Polanski’s sexual assault of a 13-year-old in 1977
He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape...he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for. [...] And by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, not talking about the morals in Europe and everything. [...] Look, she was down with this.