Saturday, March 26, 2016

#Spotlight was then, Ring Around the Collar is now: #childsexualabuse in #Catholicschools worldwide

Teja Arboleda*
Dan Kiley*

The story of child sexual abuse as told in the movie Spotlight continues today, and is explored in our movie Ring Around The Collar, a documentary exposing ongoing child sexual abuse and rape by Catholic priests and clergy in Catholic schools around the world.

Tens of thousands (if not millions) of victims and survivors of all ages need to be heard and Teja Arboleda and Dan Kiley, both survivors and the producers of this film will be their voice. The documentary also includes the critical and expert analyses by renowned international experts on sexual predators and victims, such as trial lawyer Eric MacLeish (who was characterized in the movie Spotlight); internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma specialist, Bessel van der Kolk; investigative reporter Joe Bergantino, NECIR (New England Center for Investigative Reporting); Simon Scott, International News Reporter; regional Catholic diocese public relations teams; school officials and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests).

Many survivors keep silent, in fear of retaliation by the predators, school administrators, local diocese and the Catholic Church itself. Many Catholic clergy in Catholic schools, even when implicated, are moved to other communities and countries where they continue to abuse and rape children. The evidence is damning - from recent Amnesty International demands for the Vatican to open records on harboring criminals and pedophiles, to Pope Francis’ admittance to the seriousness of the issue of child rape and mental torture, and the sheer number of cases of sexual predatory practices within Catholic schools around the world.

Eric MacLeish
The documentary will cover stories in various locations including the US, Canada, Japan, England, Australia, Chile and Ireland. Funding will cover all aspects of production, from research, writing and pre-interviews, to international travel, filming, editing and distribution. The film will have an active on-line presence through which communication and connections can be made by survivors, victims and supporters. In addition, the documentary will be matched with a committed and appropriate distributor such as PBS. 

Bessel van der Kolk
 Please help us save lives and bring these criminals to justice by sponsoring this important film.

Simon Scott
Joseph Bergantino

For more information on how to support this film, please contact Dan Kiley:

Info On Twitter:  @RACmovie 

Link to:  IndieGoGo fundraiser: 


Producer: Teja Arboleda M.Ed. is an Emmy Award and two-time Telly Award winning PBS documentary producer and editor. Arboleda is also a professor and public speaker. He is a survivor of abuse at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan.

Producer: Dan Kiley is an educator. He is a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of Fr. James Porter (Massachusetts) at 11 years old, and has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, The Jenny Jones Show, and numerous other television and radio programs to speak about the case.