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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From what I have read about the film, and from the previews I have seen, this will be the catalyst that will force the criminally disinterested Roman Catholic Church to rid itself of not so much the troubled priests that commit these deplorable acts of abuse, but the despicable prelates who hide their subordinates’ acts n(and their own, too), stonewall efforts to expose them, are actually complicit in allowing the abuse to continue in other locations as priests are moved under cover of darkness of information, and consistently lie to authorities who would prosecute the prelates and the priests.
I am not sure without this film that the Roman Catholic Church would ever choose to mend its ways of putting image before the lives of its most innocent – the children who are victims.
It may, too, get the attention of the the too slow-to-act pope who talks a good line, but is deplorably slow in fixing the problem as he fails to address the problem at the level of slovenly acting and reacting bishops.
Thanks be to SNAP and its dedicated leaders and volunteers who are keeping the pressure on those in the Church who should be ousted from their positions of “leadership”.
The second time I saw the film, I went to it with my husband. Later we joined a group of about 30 parishioners who gathered to discuss the film after seeing it together. The sentiment around the room was one of anger and betrayal by our church, our families, our community and ourselves…that we had allowed ourselves to put these men on pedestals and trusted them in our homes and with our children. There was a line in the film that said something like “If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one”. I believe that put a sense of responsibility on each of us to make sure that this never happens again. How we do that is yet to be determined, but we all walked away deciding to do what we can.
The movie far surpassed my expectations. While attending was an emotional experience (thankfully I was accompanied by a supportive friend) it was affirming and handled so well! It was spot on representing the professionalism of the reporters, the scope of the problem and impact on victims. The most moving parts were seeing the children in the attorney’s office and the fear in the reporter with pedopliles in his neighborhood. The problem isn’t fixed! I am damaged and trying to heal but we need to protect this from continuing!!!!
Let institutions speak OPENLY about abuse. Send a message to every unspoken victim.
Two quotes in the film hit me like a punch in the face:
1) “They knew. And they let it happen. To children.”
2) “So is this how it begins… ? …a guy leans on a guy…”
I could replace the Church with my high school and the tragic story would be the same.