"But it wasn't quite that simple. In addition to dealing with my complicated relationship with my father, I was still struggling with the repercussions of the abuse I had received from Ronald. I might think I had it together, but then something would happen to bring it all back up again. Diff'rent Sirokes was known for tackling big issues, not just race. In 1985, during season five, we did an episode called "Bicycle Man," in which a sexual predator stalks Arnold and his friend. We had already done an antidrug episode with guest star Nancy Reagan, who had recently launched her famous " Just Say No" campaign against drugs that was ironic, since I'm sure Dana and I went off together and just said "Yes" to getting high as soon as we had finished filming the show with her. Of course, the audience didn't know that. They thought we were the most wholesome role models there could be. It made sense for us to tackle sex abuse, too, and we got a lot of positive feedback for that episode. But any kind of attention around sexual molestation was the last thing I wanted. I didn't let on that the material in the script upset me. That was a very hard week for me, and I pushed my feelings down, hard."
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