Spotlight Feedback

SNAP is thrilled to support the Spotlight Movie.

We strongly encourage everyone to see it and to talk about it with their family, friends, loved ones, and communities. While it has been an emotional experience for many, overwhelmingly we hear from survivors who feel empowered and motivated to advocate for others. We have been receiving so much feedback we wanted to create a place to share it with the SNAP community. 

How do you feel about the film? Were you surprised by anything in the film? From your perspective, did it resonate with your experience? Would you go see it again and who would you take with you? Please leave your comments below.

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  • commented 2017-01-03 18:28:31 -0600
    Do you believe the Criminal minded priest that sexually molests children thinks he is more likely or less likely to be caught for doing it when he thinks about just that while drinking alcohol. So indeed every time you go to mass you are indeed supporting just that activity. Buying a bottle of wine for a bad person who doesn’t believe he can be caught. The criminal minded never believe they can be caught or they would not commit the crime! Alcohol facilitates that. It isn’t like Al Pacino stating that the Strega helps him think in a gangster movie.
  • commented 2017-01-03 18:19:36 -0600 · Flag
    Another question is how does someone get a person who was horrifically victimized by an organization to vehemently support it? Through the trauma of what was done to you they are demonically possessing you to support the organization that did it to you. They became part of your conscience/conscious when they traumatized you. So how do separate the two out? You don’t you just ask for money for the victims. In effect that brings down the organization that you vehemently support because it goes bankrupt. So indeed if you really believed in Christianity you would not bring up the issue because it bankrupts the church. So you are being a little bit sly with me aren’t you!
  • commented 2017-01-03 18:13:56 -0600
    Think about it a little bit more, they are not teaching you to be accountable for your actions in Catholic Mass they are telling you a savior Jesus Christ is accountable for you. Who would be motivated to teach you something like that other than someone that cannot be accountable for their own actions; such as the sexual molestation of Children. Again, it isn’t what it is.
  • commented 2017-01-03 17:58:50 -0600 · Flag
    Well Mr. Murphy, perhaps you think too fast because I did not start any group up as you suggested and not otherwise inquired! But yes, I can imagine anything because I have had as a Survivor (the ‘S’ in SNAP) as well as a sufferer possessed evil thoughts upon others but I am comforted today that I am not alone in my brothers and sisters in recovery and support of each other and furthermore encourage the family of victims themselves in unity worldwide from atheists, agnostics to all denominations whether monotheism or not!
  • commented 2017-01-03 17:50:09 -0600
    Look at the gestalt of it. It is not Christianity and yet it is. It is not Christianity because abusing children and others is not what Jesus Christ believed in. And yet it is Christianity because that is who is managing it. Are we supposed to assume that at one point in the history of it it was managed better? No read the history of it there has always been abuse. People are just waking up to it because it took on a Country that asserts inalienable rights. It is not Christianity and yet it is. It likely has always not been Christianity and yet it is, which means it never was Christianity. But more of a front for Satanic Criminal Racketeering activity. Ask yourself what motivates someone to do that to another person? Am I attacking Catholicism and Christianity? No I am attacking something that is not what it is and likely never has been. The words of Christ serve as a timeless marker to protect us from this behavior! I am not attacking that, that must always be. I am attacking that which seeks to be a part of it because it knows without a shadow of a doubt there are naive people it can victimize. I want this issue solved forever so it doesn’t happen to people again. To do that you have to address the cause. You can’t just say the priest had too much to drink and did it. But you can say that genetically he was predisposed to do it because of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome with no outward visible signs. A defect to the gene that regulates personal happiness. The Bible has nothing good to say about alcohol. And I will assert that the person with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome with no visible signs is indeed what the Bible means by satan. Satan has no soul. So it gleams from those who do. And guess what the act of sexual molestation is consistent with? Just that, gleaming the soul from those who do. Again because it is something that is promoted at mass and it causes the birth defect of mental retardation it means that Christianity is not what it is. It is more of an alcohol industry insurrection into the human race.
  • commented 2017-01-03 17:35:02 -0600 · Flag
    Matt that is irrelevant to my theory. It just broadens the concept of someone that has a defect in the gene that regulates serotonin as a non specific bad person. There is a lot more under the surface to this issue than you realize. Think of your own conscience. Could you ever see yourself committing acts like that? Obviously not or you would not have started this group up. The group asserts that people should be of a much higher standard of humanity than that. So then you have to ask yourself what is going on wrong with those bad individuals.
  • commented 2017-01-03 12:54:58 -0600
    Here is a theory that can blow your theory to hell Mr. Thomas Murphy on your original statement and follow up statement of how you equate pedophile with homosexuality, abusive priests and christianity; What if a 25 yr. old Priest put a date rape drug in a 35 yr. old female to have sex with? He would not be a pedophile or a homosexual but He would certainly be an Abusive Priest in which the letters A & P stand for in our wonderful organization SNAP. Though SNAP and Spotlight primarily focus on children being abused, SNAP not only focuses on Abusive Priests but also Teachers, Coaches and Boy Scout Leaders, Doctors and Whatnots! You really got me ruffled up in your original statement that said"“That means that Christianity is really preached by the COMPLETELY PARANOID!”. And I had to respond with “that this has little or nothing to do with SNAP or SPOTLIGHT. In fact, many Snap folks including the founder are not anti-christian or anti-catholic.” So those words divert us from our primary purpose!! Respectfully again, Matt Nordquist! (By the way, No ©2017 needed to be inserted here before my name)! And yes, my middle name is also Paul
  • commented 2017-01-02 22:01:16 -0600 · Flag
    Pedofiles’ abuse young children, both male and female children. Pedofiles cannot find sexual gratification with adult partners (male or female. This has NOTHING to do with being homosexual. A homosexual man can fall in love with another homosexual man and have a happy wonderful life. Pedofiles love nobody. To equate homosexuality with pedofiles is degrading, wrong and scientifically inaccurate. Abusive pedofile priests do not want an adult man to love. They want to abuse children, male and female.
  • commented 2017-01-02 18:57:45 -0600
    I view pedophiles as part of a homosexual spectrum disorder. A heterosexual man turns 18 and he still looks at the Freshmen women in High School who are years younger. Technically an 18 year old homosexual who views younger males than that as partners is a pedophile homosexual. The sexual acts of homosexuality and pedophiles would not seem to be much different. But the key here is recent scientific evidence that links the two together. Homosexual indicated to be a defect to the gene that regulates serotonin. The brain chemical responsible for happiness and how one experiences happiness and therefore pleasure. I believe as per the above description that anyone who is supporting homosexuality is also supporting pedophiles. As to the Christian religion and the word of God per the Bible they support my belief system to a more extreme conclusion than I do, so indeed God is on my side in this one. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Just because false precedents have been set for you doesn’t mean that they are true. What we are seeing with these church abuse cases is just the tip of the iceberg with regard to Satanic based criminal activity and corruption. © 2017 Thomas Paul Murphy
  • commented 2017-01-02 17:13:04 -0600 · Flag
    Mr Murphy; Please don’t equate homosexuality with pedophiles, and you would be shocked at the many girls and young women abused by clergy. There are many educational materials on this site. Please consider a donation to educate others. Sincerely, FRANCIS
  • commented 2017-01-02 11:43:52 -0600
    The Priest/teacher should write, “I will not have sex with boys,” on the blackboard 100 times. That seems to be how we punish the homosexual pedophile in the United States. © 2016 Thomas Paul Murphy
  • commented 2016-12-30 06:47:36 -0600 · Flag
    Mr. Thomas Murphy. In your comment posted 12.29.16; “That means that Christianity is really preached by the COMPLETELY PARANOID!” has little or nothing to do with SNAP or SPOTLIGHT. In fact, many Snap folks including the founder are not anti-christian or anti-catholic. Respectfully. Matt Nordquist
  • commented 2016-12-30 06:47:36 -0600 · Flag
    Mr. Thomas Murphy. In your comment posted 12.29.16; “That means that Christianity is really preached by the COMPLETELY PARANOID!” has little or nothing to do with SNAP or SPOTLIGHT. In fact, many Snap folks including the founder are not anti-christian or anti-catholic. Respectfully. Matt Nordquist
  • commented 2016-12-29 22:42:57 -0600 · Flag
    Why are those who are a little slow always the ones preaching that Jesus Christ be your savior? Real simple! They don’t want you to make a savior/holocaust out of them instead!

    That means that Christianity is really preached by the COMPLETELY PARANOID!

    Traumatize every young child that finds it easy to learn because you are paranoid they will catch on to you!

    Copyright 2016 Thomas Paul Murphy
  • commented 2016-10-12 14:20:35 -0500
    Thank You John, the damage to innocent lives, produced by a closed society in the church, manifests in many similar human rights violations; the subjugation of women, the threat of eternal damnation to elicit obedience, harassment of abortion patients and providers, denial of contraception distribution in government assistance. This chain of indoctrination is difficult for church members to break, but just as all struggles begin with open dialogue and media like Spotlight, the increasing momentum of change will prevail if we support the courageous SNAP organization and follow your reasoned approach to change the minds and hearts of those who cannot see! Courage!
  • commented 2016-10-12 10:41:04 -0500
    Hi Francis. We need look no further than the mountain of material that has been written about the Catholic Church covering up the clergy abuse scandal. I have discussed this very topic with numerous Church faithful. Never have I heard any critical comments about how the Church behaved in response to these crimes. While, the excuses offerd by the faithful are numerous, all have a ring of delusion. Clergy abuse has been occurring for much longer than most people think. I fear that it will continue. Much of which is the direct result of the Church’s lack of accountability during the public exposure of the crisis. We can only pursue a rational and reasoned approach. We must support victims and organizations that continue to expose the truth.
  • commented 2016-09-30 22:02:14 -0500
    Thanks to both of you for support and the outrage at the crimes done to children. We all need to stand and demand that it stop!
  • commented 2016-09-30 20:09:37 -0500
    Thank you Lucy, thank you Debbie; hope and wisdom, the voice of women who teach us to reach past our struggles and find our better selves. Just as the Spotlight movie shows the perseverance and persistence against overwhelming forces that each day brings a little more light to the truth. You make the difference for all of us to believe in the hope for the future! Love, Francis
  • commented 2016-09-30 19:03:21 -0500
    Francis,
    As a survivor finding your voice after the crimes committed against your body, soul and mind is difficult. A victim who can’t speak up needs support from the community to feel safe enough to stand up and speak. You have to understand the priests made it clear what happens when you tell. As a small child I watched as they proved to me many times what they would do to people that talked. Those who remain quiet do so because they are surviving with the unthinkable demons of past injustice. The are Not guilty only the perpetrators are and one day they will pay for their crimes when they stand before the God they pretended to serve. Just wanted to add a little wisdom to your thoughts.
  • commented 2016-09-30 18:56:46 -0500
    Unfortunately it anyway Francis said it all: The people have no voice. There is much fear involved, but I sincerely believe that sooner or later the curtain falls and the dirt appears, there is no way.
  • commented 2016-09-30 18:45:54 -0500
    The real question is; when will the people of the catholic church stand up and say that this horror perpetrated by their clergy, and the denial of victims rights must be stopped. I have never heard any practicing catholic demand that their contributions be spent to help the survivors of these heinous crimes. The answer is sadly, never; because the church members have no voice, they are told how to think, what to say, and if they say anything against the hierarchy, they will burn in hell. If they don’t speak up, they are just as guilty as the perpetrators!
  • commented 2016-09-30 17:59:06 -0500
    There is so much you can not talk in between, the film is a good start, really this can not happen.

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  • commented 2016-09-23 15:47:19 -0500
    I am a victim of clergy abuse by two Catholic priests. Joseph Birmingham in the Archdiocese of Boston and John R. Klekotka of the Diocese of Springfield (Mass). These events occurred in the early 1960’s, when I was a teenager. I have seen the film, “Spotlight” twice now and I am thoroughly impressed with the production. I feel that the straight forward presentation of the investigation is an achievement not found in many films of this kind. This work of film making is so valuable to abuse victims because of the non-sensational approach to telling the story. I would advise abuse victims to see this movie. It will render a foundation for your journey to recovery
  • commented 2016-08-24 10:10:47 -0500
    Anyone looking into these crimes of sexual abuse should also be aware of the Franklin scandal (details available on internet and YouTube) where 80 young people tried to volunteer information — and three certainly succeeded. See: Paul Bonacci/YouTube, Troy Boner/YouTube, Alicia Owens/YouTube) where their abuse involved the CIA’s MKULTRA program Monarch. These youngsters were used by the CIA for drug running, homosexual prostitution, and political espionage where members of Congress were blackmailed. The Franklin case actually involved Midnight Tours of the White House during the Reagan/Bush administration. The Franklin case should be of interest to survivors of abuse by Catholic priests — and in fact to any member of the Catholic Church — as it involved transporting young boys from Boystown in Nebraska — run by the Catholic Church. Also see Cathy O’Brien/YouTube. Her case also involves CIA/MKULTRA/Monarch. Cathy was sexually abused at a very young age which she connects to her local Catholic Church and also to the CIA/MKULTRA/Monarch program. She names many prominent male political figures. It is my very strong feeling that anyone who has ever been a member of the Catholic Church has the responsibility to make themselves aware of the involvement of the Catholic Church in sexual abuse. The Boston Globe did America a great favor in their reports which eventually became “Spotlight.” But there is a long way to go in protecting children in the US and internationally. Indeed, this is international abuse of children.
  • commented 2016-07-27 12:11:52 -0500
    Thank you Dottie <3
  • commented 2016-07-26 11:23:16 -0500
    My heart so goes out to you. Know that you are never alone. Every time I hear something about Spotlight, I’m thankful. There are so many people whose lives continue to be affected by the abuse rendered by the clergy, years and years later. This is not to mention lives lost because of it. Education is so key in making children safe today. The movie is helping with this and because it won an academy award more people have seen it. Back in 1995 you stood in your truth and because you did and others have as well, you are making a difference. The tides are shifting. By your actions we’re closer to changing laws all over the country, so that kids today are safer. I’m glad to know your daughter will see the movie. Best of luck to you
    Sincerely, Dottie Klammer (leader Richmond, VA)
  • commented 2016-07-25 20:53:33 -0500
    I’m going to watch Spotlight again with my daughter. This film brought me to tears. I survived being abused at my high school (Keough) by Father A. Joseph Maskell. I filed a lawsuit in 1995 as Jane Roe and lost due to the Statute of Limitations (SOL). I hope to see the SOL extended and the church held accountable for continuing to allow the priests to get away with abusing children with impunity.
  • commented 2016-07-25 17:09:54 -0500
    There are so many things that we don’t know, so many assumptions that we don’t recognize as such, so many questions that we haven’t even thought to ask. Spotlight cautions us that we almost never know the whole story, if such a thing is even possible. It’s a worthy reminder, and not only for journalists.
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  • commented 2016-07-15 21:30:22 -0500
    As a victim of clergy sex abuse this movie changed my life. If I hadn’t heard Phil Saviano mention SNAP in the movie I would not be advocating nor would I be connected to so many truly wonderful, loving, and caring survivors. I owe my life to Spotlight.
  • commented 2016-04-11 19:37:48 -0500
    To Lee Kaplan – Lee, I am a physician from the US and was at a spirituality conference in Johannesburg, South Africa about 2 years ago. When I spoke about the problem of clergy sexual abuse in a small group. Some in the group were willing to speak about seeing sexual abuse in their Catholic school, but they were afraid that they would lose their jobs, if they spoke up about it. I agree that a Spotlight team is needed there. But there also need to be judges, lawyers, politicians, and police who are willing to do the right thing and not allow themselves to be manipulated by the bishops and other clergy.