> Sequel: SPOTLIGHT & Me

SPOTLIGHT 20 Years Later by Chris O'LearySPOTLIGHT.

If you've seen the movie -- and, if you haven't, you SHOULD -- and read the articles in the Boston Globe whose writing the movie chronicles, you know how the story goes.

But what happened NEXT?

And what was it LIKE?

How did it FEEL?

To be one of the people into whose LIVES, and FAMILIES, a grenade was rolled.

And what did it DO to you?

That kind of a revelation.

And, most of all, what's CHANGED?


Beyond all the talk.

Sequel: SPOTLIGHT & Me

My name is Chris O'Leary and I'm a survivor of the Catholic sex abuse crisis.

And my story is a sequel to the movie SPOTLIGHT.

Abused in Late 1970s

In the late 1970s and early 1980s I was sexually expoited, abused, and assaulted -- ultimately RAPED -- by a Catholic priest named Father LeRoy Valentine.

Abuse that was witnessed, at least in part, by one of the other priests at Immacolata, a man who is now a Cardinal of the Catholic Church.

Sexual abuse that continued at my Jesuit high school, St. Louis University High (SLUH), starting in the locker room.

And then things got REALLY bad.


In early March 2002, in the weeks after the release of the original SPOTLIGHT articles...

...the New York Times ran an article...

...that named my favorite Priest, and one of my favorite PEOPLE, from my childhood as an abuser. And I made the biggest mistake of my life.

I went to the Catholic Church for help.

Sacrificed Podcast



Despite all the talk.

That's a question I first explored in Sacrificed, my first podcast, in an episode entitled...

A question, I recently learned, needs to be expanded upon, as I do in...

And here I am, with Sequel, the follow up to both the movie SPOTLIGHT and my...


If you'd like to help support my efforts to create this podcast, and expose the Abuse of the Abused by the Catholic Church, as well as The Program — or to help me just eat and pay my bills while I'm spending my time on this project — I've set up a GoFundMe...