SPOTLIGHT--Welcome to your movie

Remarks by Phil Saviano at the Boston showing of SPOTLIGHT for abuse victims

Welcome to your film. It’s your film because it's your courage and your compassion that made it possible.

The Globe’s team did remarkable work. But they’re the first to admit that without brave Boston survivors, they couldn’t have done their outstanding investigation.

Each one of you should feel deeply proud of your role in this film and in this crisis, regardless of whether you sued, settled, spoke publicly or didn’t. Each of you has exposed wrongdoers, protected kids, and deterred wrongdoing. We in SNAP are incredibly grateful for all you have done and are doing to safeguard the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

Please keep taking care of yourself. And please do what you can to get or stay more involved in our on-going struggle to make sure others don’t suffer like we’ve suffered.

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  • Cheryl Christopher
    commented 2015-12-09 12:06:48 -0600
    I commented before I saw the movie because I was glad it was produced, but since then have seen it and am even more glad that the issue about “organized crime” in the Catholic Church in regards to sexual abuse of children was stressed in the film with the film saying that the cover up was from the Vatican on down. The film also stated that offenders were still not punished by the church, not only the abusive priests but those who hid them. One time I was a little uncomfortable with the film when the actor Rachael Mc Adams’ character was interviewing a survivor and asked, “Did you have intercourse?” I thought it should have been stated, “Did the priest sodomize, (or rape) you?” The film is excellent and I found it therapeutic and would see it again. I hope it wins awards. Cheryl Christopher at [email protected]
  • Anthony Sgherza
    commented 2015-11-09 18:02:32 -0600
    Thank you Phil – you are an inspiration!
  • Mary Mueller
    commented 2015-11-08 08:15:19 -0600
    I hope journalists and activists also expose Catholic Munchausen by Proxy medical abuse of mothers as enslaved breeders, and their unwanted children like me as disposable lab rats. Journalists should zero in on the crucial child abuse-enabling weapon of the Vatican: It’s criminal Munchausen by Proxy ban on safe sex that guarantees unlimited, often orphaned, fresh victims for predatory clergy. Sexual and medical trafficking of kids will continue on massive global scales as long as “pro-life” clergy enslave women as throwaway incubators.
  • Cheryl Christopher
    commented 2015-11-07 10:38:04 -0600
    I went through a Diocese of Paterson, NJ investigation of the priest who sexually abuse me 40 years earlier and won!. The priest’s public ministry was taken away. This was done January 2004. Glad to hear a movie is coming out about Boston’s confrontation in 2002. This made it possible for me to be taken seriously by the Paterson Diocese when I started my investigation November 2002!! Thank you for the Boston brave reporters and victims of priest sexual abuse. In 1993, I reported my abuse to the Paterson Diocese and was told the “church was not responsible”. Cheryl Christopher of [email protected]
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