'Spotlight' Interview: Manny Vega
As Spotlight captures the unraveling of the Catholic Church's sex-abuse cover-up, survivors and families have come forward to talk about the decades-long scandal.
TakePart is sharing a series of five interviews, including survivors’ reactions to the film and an interview with Boston Globe reporter and survivor advocate Mitch Garabedian. (Disclosure: Spotlight was produced by TakePart’s parent company, Participant Media.)
“I went 40 years without talking about this,” survivor Jim Scanlan says in one of the interviews. “Matter of fact, I went 40 years avoiding this topic. For the first time in my life since the movie came out, I’ve really come out of the shadows.”
The film follows the newspaper’s Spotlight team of investigative reporters as they delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, eventually revealing a cover-up at the highest levels of the Archdiocese of Boston that touches off a wave of revelations around the world.
“The first time I watched Spotlight was in a small screening room, and I just cried almost straight through,” survivor Joe Crowley, whose story is depicted in the film, says in one of the interviews. “What I learned through this journey is that every voice counts, and one of them was mine. I’m so tired of almost 38 years now of carrying this shame and guilt. I didn’t do anything wrong.”