Let's look into some movies showcasing child abuse. A tentative warning here that certain movies might be triggering for you.
A movie about child abuse where four friends were sexually and physically abused in a reform school. Their past catches up with them when they meet their abusers in adulthood and the situation escalates quickly.
Child abuse movie of a young girl whose fragile mind was tragically fractured due to years of abuse by her unstable mother. The setting is the late 1950s: multiple personality disorder has yet to be recognized as a serious condition by the mainstream medical community, and Dr. Cornelia Wilbur is struggling against the sexist attitudes of her chauvinistic male colleagues.
When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of child abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.
Good Will Hunting
The one thing this remarkably bright, impossibly angry young man can't do - after his latest bar fight - is talk his way out of a pending jail sentence. His only hope is Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), a college professor-turned-therapist with an admiration for Will's emotional struggles, and a keen understanding of what it's like to fight your way through life.
Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. He remembers his childhood which is one of sexual abuse by a female when he was a boy, and neglect. Against all odds, he succeeds and is now an American screenwriter, poet, lecturer, and best-selling author.
Frankie & Alice
Frankie & Alice is inspired by the remarkable true story of an African American go-go dancer "Frankie" with multiple personalities (dissociative identity disorder or "DID") who struggles to remain her true self while fighting against two very unique alter egos: a seven-year-old child named Genius and a Southern white racist woman named Alice.
These are some of the child abuse movies I can think of from the top of my head.
Share with me in the comments below which movies—related to child abuse or neglect—you would add to this list?