"All of us must take some responsibility," actress says.
Dushku accused Joel Kramer of sexually assaulting her when he was 36 and she was 12 in a lengthy Facebook post Saturday. The actress detailed that Kramer "lured" her into his hotel room in the midst of the production.
"I was shocked and saddened then and still am today," Curtis said. "We have all started to awaken to the fact that the terrible abuses now commonplace in daily news reports have been going on for a very long time. Unconscionably, those reports frequently come along with claims by the perpetrators that, as adults, those perpetrated against had some part in it. Eliza's story has now awakened us from our denial slumber to a new, horrific reality. The abuse of children."
"I hope today that what can come from all of these exposures are new guidelines and safe spaces for people -- regardless of age, gender, race or job -- to share their concerns and truths and that all abusers will be held accountable," Curtis added. "All of us must take some responsibility that the loose and relaxed camaraderie that we share with our young performers has carried with it a misguided assumption that they are adults in an adult world, capable of making adult choices."
Curtis concluded that adults on the set of productions have a responsibility to protect these young performers who have taken on adult tasks.
"The truth will set us all free," she said. "Hopefully that freedom will bring a new ability to call out abuse and when that abuse occurs to have swift and consistent action, so that no one again will have to wait 25 years for their truth to be heard."
As for Kramer, he has denied the allegation, but his agency, Worldwide Production Agency, confirmed that they no longer represent him.