‘Spotlight’ Oscar Win Cheered by Chicago-Based Sex Abuse Survivor Group


By Kelly Bauer | February 29, 2016

CHICAGO — A Chicago-based group that has fought to expose pedophile priests for years is heralding “Spotlight,” the film that won best picture at the Academy Awards this year.

In a statement released Sunday even before “Spotlight,” which focuses on a team of Boston Globe reporters working to expose the abuse scandal, won the Oscar, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests founder Barbara Blaine said: “kids are the real winners.”

“They are safer because the movie Spotlight has prompted hundreds of thousands to think, talk and take action about child sex crimes and cover ups, even or especially in trusted institutions,” she said.

“These adults are more careful now with babysitters. They are more attentive to changes in kids’ behavior. They more skeptical about claims by officials about alleged ‘openness,’ ‘care’ and ‘prudence’ about kids’ safety.

“We are deeply, deeply grateful for this fact. As a result, more children will be protected. As a result, more victims will be believed and more crimes will be prevented,” said Blaine in the statement.

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