Georgia grew up in a home that was always full of artists, writers and entertainers, and she was introduced to alcohol and sexual promiscuity at an early age. ‘There was a lot of drinking in the house, and so forth. People came in and out. There were lots of parties … sometimes people got a bit … I mean, people … now [I] sort of look back on it fondly, like they were the bad boy kind of days.’
Georgia told the Commissioner that when she was a teenager she began acting in films, some of which could be classified as soft porn. On these film sets and get-togethers of cast and crew, Georgia was supplied with alcohol regularly, and on one occasion she agreed to go back to a crew member’s motel room, where he had sex with her. Other crew members were aware that this was happening, but did nothing about it. ‘I have no feeling about the sex whatsoever, just a complete blank. Certainly, I didn’t enjoy it.’
‘I had stars in my eyes and I was thinking like Tatum O’Neal, Jodie Foster … I’ll be it, and I think in a way that made me very vulnerable to exploitation too.’
When someone from an agency phoned and asked Georgia if she was interested in a photo shoot that they wouldn’t send their own girls to, she agreed to go. At this session the photographer took sexually explicit photographs of her, and she was not paid for the shoot.
Georgia told the Commissioner that there were ‘lots of people coming in and out of the house having casual sex with me when I was 14 … They were consensual, albeit statutory rape … you see how much trouble I have thinking about this. You can hear it … my god, listen to me’.
Georgia had no perception that she was being exploited as a child. ‘I was a hopeless romantic … still am actually … a little girl, and I kept hoping that … one of these guys would like, you know, fall in love with me and sort of contact me. But you know, of course, you always had sex once and then they disappeared’, she told the Commissioner.
‘There were a lot of sexually opportunistic and I would say, aggressive men, who just came in and out of the house and made the most of the situation’.
At 15 Georgia went to a drama camp and ‘there was a tutor there … that I had sex with, who I did see a few times and then, to my knowledge, what he said to me was that he was actually pursuing a relationship with another girl he met at that camp who was a little younger than me. I can actually only recall him saying “I’m sure you won’t mind”’.
Georgia said that the impact of what she now recognises as statutory rape has meant that ‘I’ve had to do a lot of … I’ve been seeing a psychiatrist … for the last five years and I’ve had to do a lot of re-framing. It was difficult for me to kind of call any of this what it was for a long time. And people think I’m terrifically … lucky because I grew up … with these terrifically talented people coming in and out of the house but there was definitely a dark side to it’.
The psychiatrist pointed out to Georgia that ‘it was probably, in terms of my response a bit protective, that it was normalised like, you know, that doesn’t make it not wrong, but that this was how people were behaving and … in my mind I was consenting, so I understand that, you know, that was in a situation of unequal power and exploitation and so forth … but … yeah, I never felt that I hadn’t said yes, and I think that was partly protective too’.
‘I’ve come through it in a reasonable condition but … I’ve had some … alcohol dependency issues since that time … and yeah, I had a not surprisingly string of confusing relationships until I sorted a few things out in my head, and so … some depression and anxiety’ but with other contributing factors in her life over the years, ‘it would be difficult for me to say how much early experiences contributed to it’.
Georgia told the Commissioner that coming to the Royal Commission has ‘been good for me because it’s the first time I’ve sort of fully told the story aside to the psychiatrist … it’s good once you start’.