This week I revisit my 2013 conversation with Episcopal Priest Carl Russell about the childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his family’s priest. Carl talks about the way that the priest gradually built trust with his parents and used that trust to gain access. He tells the extraordinary story of how he began to heal after hearing a radio story about sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese. You’ll hear how, at 72 years old, Carl was finally able to see justice when he pressed charges, and broke the silence that had plagued him all his life.
We end this season by revisiting the topic of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I speak with former DHHS worker Shawn Yardley about why children are removed from native families at disproportionate rates, and what it’s been like for him, as a white man, to raise three girls with native heritage.
A conversation with Julie Colpitts, Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, about how survivors of abuse are often drawn to social service and first responder jobs, [Read more…]
An interview with songwriter Michael Skinner, who has used music as a way to heal from the abuse he suffered as a child. Michael talks about how his past has affected him [Read more…]