Mark Ruffalo participated in a sexual abuse protest outside of a church in downtown Los Angeles before heading to the Oscars Sunday.

Mark Ruffalo Protests

Ruffalo, along with Spotlight director Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer, stood with members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. SNAP had organized the protests to call for the release of the names of priests who have abused children.

Ruffalo confirmed his participation in the protest on both Twitter and Instagram.

“Just got back from a protest with SNAP Priest Sexual Abuse Survivors,” Ruffalo captioned a picture of a SNAP flier encouraging Catholics to see Spotlight on Instagram.

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In Spotlight, Ruffalo plays Boston Globe reporter Mike Rezendes, who was among the team of journalists who investigated the child molestation scandal in the Catholic Church. For his performance in the movie, Ruffalo was nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar, which ultimately went to Bridge of Spies actor Mark Rylance.

Though Ruffalo didn’t get the acting Oscar, he and the rest of the cast and crew of Spotlight earned a trophy, as the film was named the Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards.

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