Spotlight Conveys Powerful Message

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Dec 4th, 15



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STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Jill Seyfred              

(W): 859-225-8879 ext. 232  

 

Spotlight Conveys Powerful Message

 

Lexington, KY December 4, 2015 – You’re not going to see any superheroes in the new movie Spotlight. Well, at least not the kinds that wear capes or battle space aliens. Nor are you going to see car chases, tidal waves, earthquakes or even people raising their voices very often.

 

And for a movie about the Boston Archdiocese child sexual abuse scandal, you’re not going to learn much about evidence-based solutions, or the most effective ways to raise healthy, vibrant children either.

 

But you will learn something very valuable, about how we prevent child sexual abuse from ever happening in the first place: we don’t allow it to exist in the dark, wrapped in secrets that are fostered by adults who are unable, or unwilling, to ask hard questions about what they know is happening right in front of them.

 

You will also learn the heroes in Spotlight are the investigative journalists and brave citizens who stood up to a system that thrived on secrecy and intimidation.

 

If the role adults play in preventing child sexual abuse isn’t clear already, let us be clear now – preventing child sexual abuse is not the responsibility of children, it’s the responsibility of the adults who live in the neighborhoods and communities in which those children live.

 

Those adults, all adults, all of us, have to be willing to face things that make us uncomfortable, and as we see in Spotlight, we also have to be willing to confront the institutions which prefer that such actions are ignored.

 

What Spotlight shows us more than anything, is that many adults, knew exactly what was happening.  These circumstances, unfortunately, are not very different from those in countless communities across our state and nation.

 

Spotlight also shows us however, what happens when we speak up and do the right thing. We transform the lives of children, and the adults they will become, as well as the neighborhoods they call home, and those institutions that had so much sway, no longer look so all-powerful, or unassailable.

  

Given all this, our request to you is simple:

 

 

Spotlight does something amazing and rare,” says Jill Seyfred, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. “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 we’ve all seen it, discussed it and are doing the right things for children.”


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Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

 

 

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is Kentucky’s leading statewide child abuse prevention organization. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit www.pcaky.org.



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