Alison Arngrim insists more work needs to be done to protect child actors from potential predators.
“We need to go further, we need to make it really, really easy for kids to have a place to report stuff because sadly there is a high incidence of sexual abuse in the industry,” the former child star told Fox News.
Arngrim, who found fame as bratty Nellie Oleson on the western drama “Little House on the Prairie,” was sexually abused starting at the age of six by a family member.
However, the now 55-year-old wouldn’t open up until her 40s, when she first made the shocking confession to Larry King in 2004.
Then in 2010, Arngrim published her memoir titled “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” where she got candid about her experience in the hopes it will encourage other victims to speak up.
Arngrim said that while things have gotten better in Hollywood over the years, parents of aspiring actors still need to be aware of the dangers that exist in the industry.
“You have people who are looking for places where children might be unattended,” she explained. “And they’ll go, ‘Gee, I can become a manager or a…