Timeline of the Crisis

The excellent reporting portrayed in the movie 'Spotlight' is part of a much larger narrative. Survivors, lawyers, reporters, and the Catholic Church were dealing with the issue long before 2002 and continue to deal with it today. The following timeline highlights key events in the crisis as it unfolded in Boston, as well as the history of investigative reporting about clergy sex abuse, the survivors movement, and the church's responses to those stories and events.