LISTEN: A reporter charted the harm caused by abusive priests in Alaska, a survivor lived through it

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Saint Joseph Catholic Church as seen from Main Street in Nome, Alaska in 1999. (Photo courtesy Jerzy Strzelecki via WikiCommons)

The legacy of sexual abuse perpetrated by Jesuit priests against Alaskans in rural villages has haunted families and communities for decades. Shame and fear kept many victims silent for years but courageous voices brought light to the crimes. An investigative series tracked some of the worst offenders from Alaska to a retirement compound outside of the state. We’ll discuss the investigation and hear from an outspoken survivor on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Emily Schwing, reporter, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Elsie Boudreau, sexual assault survivor



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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