Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse Discuss How ‘Spotlight’ Portrayed Their Trauma

In Feature Stories by PhilSaviano

By Allison Pohle @AllisonPohle
October 29, 2015

Ann Hagan Webb didn’t expect to get emotional while watching Spotlight for the first time. As a survivor of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, she had already lived through the events depicted in the film.

But Webb found herself feeling completely overwhelmed as she observed how The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team of investigative journalists personally reacted to uncovering the systemic problem of clergy sexual abuse. Seeing it play out on the big screen reminded her of the moment she realized that, as a victim, she wasn’t alone.

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