PBS Frontline

April 19, 2011

The Silence

FRONTLINE examines a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story -- decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska.

Psychological Impacts

Betrayal of Trust By Clergy

Consent to sexual relations is not possible due to the power differential between clergy and congregant





Dynamics of Psychological Grooming by Sexual Predators






Impact on Victim's Relationships






Impact on the Congregation -- A Secondary Victim






Why Victims Remain Silent















Psychological Grooming

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Why Doesn't She Leave?

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It can be difficult for others to understand why the victim didn't "just leave" the situation. This is similar to patterns in which victims of domestic violence return to the abusive partner.








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