A new film directed by David Schwimmer portrays the dangerous scenario of young girls getting sucked into an on-line relationship with an internet predator.
In “Trust” the predator “grooms” his 14-year-old victim Annie, played by Liana Liebrato, into a trusting on-line romance with Charlie, a boy she believes is 16, but who is actually a man in his 40s.
Her parents, portrayed by Academy Award® nominees Catherine Keener and Clive Owen, are horrified to discover the relationship. After the grooming process, where a predator builds trust and a romantic infatuation from his victim, many times, the predator and prey meet multiple times. The film details this process with Annie and Charlie and the subsequent destruction of Annie’s family.
Schwimmer, who is known most famously for his role as Ross on Friends, told Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor last night that he has been involved with the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, California for over 14 years. He also mentions in a recent New York Times article that he has known many victims and seen the effects so he wanted to do something to help. Although he has no children currently, he told O’Reilly he and his wife are expecting a child soon.
The movie is rated R for mature content and brief nudity and language. It was filmed in Michigan and, while fictional, was painstakingly accurate to the point of having every line of the script approved by counselors. Schwimmer and the other directors actually sat with FBI agents who were live chatting with predators to make the script as realistic as possible. To see a trailer, please go here.