The isolation of the Alaska Native villages and supreme authority of the Catholic church in the late 1960s and early 1970s allowed sexual abuse to slip through the cracks unreported. “It was a perfect storm for molestation,” said Anchorage attorney Ken Roosa, who represented the Alaska victims against the church.
Candid interviews with the survivors reveal the long-term emotional damage that lead to hundreds of abuse claims from one of the country’s hardest hit regions, according to a PBS press release.
“I was just a kid,” Ben Andrews told FRONTLINE of the ongoing abuse inflicted by Father George Endal and Joseph Lundowski, a layman who was training to be a deacon. “Father Endal and Joseph Lundowski, they couldn’t stop molesting me once they started. It was almost an everyday thing. Father Endal kept telling me that it would make me closer to God.”
Below: "Abuse survivors Elsie Boudreau and Alberta Steve in St. Michael, Alaska."