PBS “Frontline” to document Jesuit clergy abuse aftermath in Alaska

The show, titled “The Silence,” investigates the sexual abuse by Catholic and Jesuit personnel in a region that today wrestles with alcohol abuse, suicide and domestic violence.

Through the voice of victims, the documentary tells the story of routine sexual abuse of Alaska Native children in St. Michael and other villages in the 1960s and ’70s. The crime was kept secret for a generation and initially denied by the church as victims began to come forward in lawsuits in the mid-2000s.

The PBS show bookends earlier news reports on survivor’s stories by following church officials back to St. Michael for a series of court-mandated meetings between Kettler, victims and their families.

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Editor’s note: The documentary is scheduled to air on April 19. Check your local listings for times.

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