December 1, 2023



Phil Saviano, key clergy sex abuse whistleblower from Massachusetts, dies at 69

WCVB5 – ABC Boston

Updated: 6:17 PM EST Nov 28, 2021


BOSTON – Phil Saviano, a clergy sex abuse survivor and whistleblower who played a pivotal role in exposing decades of predatory assaults by Roman Catholic priests in the United States, has died. He was 69.

Saviano’s story figured prominently in the 2015 Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” about The Boston Globe’s investigation that revealed how scores of priests molested children and got away with it because church leaders covered it up. He died on Sunday after a battle with gallbladder cancer, said his brother and caregiver, Jim Saviano.

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