Alaskan Rough Diamonds is my memoir dealing with my experiences growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, and later coming to terms with the sexual and emotional abuse I suffered at the hands of a Roman Catholic priest based in Anchorage. The story is frank and disturbing not only in its details of specific incidents but also in its depiction of the influence of the church over parishioners’ lives. The story of my relationship with Father Murphy even into adulthood is particularly telling and demonstrates the depth of confusion and personal conflict resulting from abuses perpetrated by a trusted authority figure.
The book’s structure is somewhat complex, combining childhood memories and family life with more recent events, phone calls, and e-mails. Chapter 1 effectively sets up the story by beginning in 2003, alluding to “what Murph did that night,” and then reaching back to the 1960s. The succeeding chapters lay a solid groundwork by describing your early life and what it was like to live in Anchorage. Father Murphy is introduced in chapter 6 in a scene that presages inappropriate behavior to come. More notably, from that point on, the book moves back and forth from one time period to another.
This effectively shows how it was only as an adult that I could begin to come to terms with what happened.
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A School Buddy Who Went Through A Terrible Ordeal
I had no idea that Rick was going through this with a family friend, who was a Catholic Priest and highly thought of. It happens to others way far away, not to a classmate, who lives in the smaller version of Anchorage, AK. I am so glad that he took the bull by the horns and wrote about his experience. I lived a naïve life and I hope others who have lead this life will read this book… I think it will help heal their souls, too. Rick is very strong for doing this and an unsung hero in my book.