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Phil Saviano, starting before he was 12, was repeatedly molested by a Catholic priest in Boston. Decades later, believing he was dying of AIDS, Saviano passed up hush money from the Church so he could expose the pedophilia problem in the Church.
Saviano approached the Boston Globe in 1998. They weren’t interested. Then they wrote about individual priests but not the broader problem. In 2001 the Globe published increasingly aggressive articles about the Church’s dirty— and widespread— secret. There were scores of abusers, and hundreds of victims, in Boston alone. But Bishops were protected, and individual priests were moved around from church to church, and even from country to country.
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This exposé became Spotlight (2015), a well-received movie starring Michael Keaton and several other stars.
Director Tom McCarthy stated the movie’s central question:
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“These moments where we know people have done things wrong and we don’t, as a society, we don’t stand up to them, it takes years and years and years and the question is why? Why does it take so long?”
The same question can be asked about the reading crisis in our public schools. Rudolf Flesch explained this problem in 1955 but here we are 60 years later, still beset by the same abuse. “And the question is why? Why does it take so long?”
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Some may point out that pedophilia is a more horrific crime against children. Unarguably the rape of children is indeed a horrific crime, and not taken seriously enough by many governments. The trauma may be so severe the victim never recovers. Even so, illiteracy— caused by bad reading instruction– can also last a lifetime. There are today 40 or 50 million Americans needlessly stunted by this neglectful abuse of the developing mind. I contend that the lack of attention given to the physical abuse of children also applies...
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