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Lawsuit alleges abuse of Alaska Natives by priests

A group of Alaska Natives filed a lawsuit in state court that accuses the Jesuits of allowing them to be sexually abused.

The plaintiffs include 35 men and eight women who said they were abused as teenagers. They described Alaska as a "dumping ground" for "problem priests."

"They were specifically targeting the Athabascan and the Yup'ik cultures, because they wouldn't talk," Patrick Wall, a former monk and president, told The Anchorage Daily News of Jesuit leaders.

The lawsuit claims Rev. Stephen Sundborg, the president of Seattle University, knew about "problem priests" in the Pacific Northwest.

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3 more allege sex abuse by Catholics (The Anchorage Daily News 1/15)
Lawsuit alleges president of Seattle U knew of sex abuse (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 1/15)
Seattle U. president denies claims that he knew of abuse (The Seattle Times 1/15)

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