Sex Abuse Victims Call Fairbanks Diocese Reorganization Plan A “Second Rape”

Statement by Elsie Boudreau

It is unacceptable and devastating that the lives of our Native children are worth so little in the eyes of Bishop Kettler and the Fairbanks Diocese.  Their minimum offer of $5500 to children who were raped, sodomized, deprived of cultural integrity, robbed of language rights, separated from families, and basically treated as second class citizens is nothing more than a second rape.

Diocese officials knew that they were sending predator pedophiles into our villages where children were so trusting and were shown by example to respect those wearing the white collar.  Officials knew that these men raped innocent boys and girls by the hundreds, but allowed them to continue serving as “Christ on earth.”  And all the while, officials have denied the abuse, told victims to keep quiet, and refused to pay for services to help them.

Bishop Kettler declared bankruptcy last year rather than be exposed in more than 200 possibly scandalous and damning sex abuse trials that would show the full scope and scale of the abuse and the cover-up by church officials.  Every step of the way, diocese officials have used legal tactics and half-truths to avoid being pastoral, doing the right thing, and acting in a Christian manner.   This offer of $5500 is so meaningless, that it will not even pay for a year’s worth of therapy and the expenses that the victims incur to simply have access to services.

This reorganization plan is a slap in the face to a proud and dignified people.  We, as Native people, can no longer tolerate being treated as second class citizens.  We need to band together in unity and insist justice be done.  Diocese officials should be ashamed, and we hope that the courts reject the plan in order for our people to ascribe to the level of humanness we know and deserve.

Elsie Boudreau LMSW is a Alaska Native survivor of clergy sexual abuse, social worker and advocate for victims.

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Published in: on October 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. The revictimization of the Survivors of Clergy Sexual Violation will never cease. The hierarchy of this faith based corporation that poses itself as a religion, have no more conscience, pity or feeling for human suffering than does a nest of rattle snakes. The ordained and anointed of the Catholic Church who have committed these crimes against GOD’s Children, as well as those who shielded and protected these perverts, are graceless traitors to their Sacred Vows, to the Church; but above all, to Our Crucified Lord.

  2. This corrupt institution (roman catholic church) manipulates and exploits the laws of our land depending on their needed outcome to harm the very people they claim to care about.
    I believe the US Attorney General, Presidents past and current, Senators, Governors and all authorities in our country must at this moment in history stop what they are doing and focus on the catastrophic ramnifications of abuse by the roman catholic church and all its players on our country and our people and that all other leaders around the world do the same..

  3. No one deserves to be abused. However, I read all the time that these suits are “not about the money.” In Alaska and everywhere else in the U.S., thewe lawsuits are being settled for millions. If it’s not about the money, how about capping the requests at $100,000, plus an opening of personnel files, therapy and apologies?

    Is the Diocese of Fairbanks sitting on top of some unknown oil reserve? Where is all this money — which is not what all these suits are about — supposed to come from?

  4. My husband has painted a poignant statement of clergy child abuse in Alaska. He wishes to share it with the victims or victims’ advocates. How can he submit it?

    • He can submit it to SNAP (www.snapnetwork.org) or via this website (we are not affiliated with SNAP). I appreciate his and your time and effort.


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