Oscars shine the “Spotlight” on Child Abuse

At the Oscars last night, a powerful film about child sexual abuse took home the award for Best Picture. Spotlight is a film about the investigative journalists at the Boston Globe who helped break open the child sexual abuse and cover-up scandal in the Catholic Church. By honoring this film last night, the Academy has helped shine its own spotlight on this issue that is still affecting children and families across the country today. When this film first hit theaters we wrote about the power of individuals coming together to make a difference, and now that this film has been highlighted on an even larger scale, we think this advice is worth sharing again.

The cast and crew of Spotlight accept their awards on Sunday, Feb 28. Kevin Winter | Getty Images
The cast and crew of Spotlight accept their awards on Sunday, Feb 28. Kevin Winter | Getty Images

Jim Hmurovich, President and CEO, on Spotlight

“Spotlight does something amazing and rare,” says James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America. “It takes a story that could be lost in emotion and pain, and portrays how doing the right thing, being dogged about it, and ignoring the pressures to turn away from the real story, can be just as powerful to watch as any superhero in a cape leaping over a tall building. I’m thrilled Spotlight is out in the world, but I’ll be more thrilled when I know that we’ve all seen it, discussed it and are doing the right things for children ourselves.”

Interested in learning more? Check out how we work to prevent child sexual abuse, learn more facts about the issue, or how you can help make a difference..

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