Lieff Cabraser is investigating reports of widespread child abuse in the 1960s and 1970s in the Alaska Norton Sound village of Stebbins and neighboring St. Michael. According to stories appearing in the news, an “entire generation” of children, now mostly in their 50s and 60s, endured years of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests and Catholic church personnel shipped to the village of St. Michael. Nine Jesuit priests, volunteers and laypersons who served in St. Michael between 1949 and 1987 were credibly accused of sexual abuse, the Diocese of Fairbanks has acknowledged.
While the church has apologized for the abuse, a combination of apathy and an absent and/or corrupt police force meant that no action was ever taken against the alleged perpetrators within the church, nor did the victims ever see any restitution or justice. For those survivors in Stebbins and St. Michael, “any expectation the Alaska criminal justice system would energetically investigate sexual assault or hold people accountable if they hurt children has been eroded by generations of neglect.”
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