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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Full review at http://www.mediocremovie.club/side-pieces/spotlight
In the movie it was obvious the journalist’s were sensitive to the vulnerability of the victims they interviewed however I was disappointed they didn’t touch on the reality that victims were/are from all socioeconomic walks of life. Being associated with the Catholic Church was the only requirement.
When they questioned a victim they were sensitive to how much courage it takes to hear your own voice say the words I was sexually abused. Victims take on the guilt and shame in the aftermath of “P.T.S.D.”, so to step forward “to tell”, is monumental. In doing so they are saying “It wasn’t my fault.” Michael Broussard understands this well. He is an abuse survivor who has produced and acts in the one man play “Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor”. This play and the movie are “out there” now to enlighten and educate the public about just how devastating sexual abuse is to one’s life. I know. I am a survivor.
The second time I saw the movie was in South Carolina. It helped me to see the movie again to deeply appreciate the hard work of investigative journalists and then their humility in having to admit that 5 years previously the story of clergy sexual abuse was not followed up on, partly because Boston is a Catholic town, and the one case reported on was dismissed as a one off situation, especially by the dishonest Church leaders. The thought that the rape of children was endemic in the priesthood was too horrible to believe it to be true. If it wasn’t for SNAP and other victim/survivor groups, I feel sure that the Church would still be covering up the truth. I am deeply grateful to SNAP for the help I received in preparing a report to police in my case. The attentiveness of the reporters to the victims once the reporters realized that sexual abuse was going on, was hopeful that victim/survivors in future will be listened to and believed, because that is what needs to happen for there to be hope for truth and justice. Sadly, clergy sexual abuse continues today around the world, when the Church thinks it can get away with it.
Sincerely, Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh, MD, MSpir
I saw it with my husband who I believe came away with a whole new understanding of what I went through. He’s been my rock!
I am so grateful for all SNAP does! I wish there was a group near where I live.
justice and healing can be had.
In a couple of days the Catholic Church will initiate its “Year of Mercy,” yet its agenda for that year rather amazingly omits any commitment to making amends to abuse victims. I think that SNAP needs to stand on the Church’s toes for every day or the Year of Mercy, like the widow Jesus described who called upon the corrupt judge day and night until he delivered justice to her.