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Alaska victims of priest sex abuse begin receiving settlement checks

COURTNEY BLETHEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES Elsie Boudreau of Anchorage, a victim of past sexual abuse by Jesuits, holds a picture of a friend who was also a victim. Boudreau works as an advocate. COURTNEY BLETHEN / The Seattle Times 2009

About 200 mostly Yup'ik victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic Church officials in Western Alaska in the 1960s and '70s have begun receiving checks from the $166 million settlement with Northwest Jesuits, reports KYUK in Bethel. Individual amounts will not be made public, attorney Ken Roosa says. A two-person panel chosen by committee will decide how much of the settlement each victim will receive. "For many of [the victims], it's an opportunity to move on, to try to piece their lives back together," Roosa said. "They will have some compensation, [but] not nearly in any sense what their claims were really worth."

Listen to the full KYUK report, and hear a previous KYUK report on how Catholics in the village of Emmonak have coped with the legacy of abuse.