by Robin Washington
Sunday, December 15, 2002
In the late 1980s, Chicago lawyer and social worker Barbara Blaine placed a small classified ad in the National Catholic Reporter, announcing a weekend healing retreat for victims of sex abuse by priests.
“I started it to try to help myself and others heal. It was the ’80s. Self-help was big back then,” she laughed, recalling the event, which drew about 15 or 20 participants.
Though the retreat came shortly after the trial of the Rev. Gilbert Gauthe, a Louisiana priest convicted and jailed after accusations he molested dozens of children, Blaine said she thought the handful of attendees were all the victims there were.