“Most victims, experts have long believed, will never come forward. But around the country, this scandal has prompted an unprecedented number of them to emerge from years of private darkness. As their numbers grow, the stigma attached to their experiences diminishes. In the first months of 2002, emboldened by the knowledge that the Church had hidden the extent of the abuse, more than two hundred victims of Boston-area priests contacted the Globe, most in confidence, to relate their stories. Hesitant at first, and often in tears, many said they now regret having kept the abuse a secret. They would never have dreamed of telling— or dared to tell— their devout parents. Some admitted that they have suffered in such profound silence that they have been unable to confide even in close friends, siblings, or spouses.”
Globe, Boston (2008-12-02). Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church: The findings of the investigation that inspired the major motion picture Spotlight (p. 84).
Sacha Pfeiffer, one of the Boston Globe “Spotlight” journalists who broke the huge story of Catholic Clergy Abuse, has written a moving story about Joe Crowley. Crowley was one of the subjects of the Spotlight film; he died on Easter Sunday.
Here is a link to the story in the Boston Globe.