Portraits of resilience: Survivors of clergy abuse tell their stories

They were believers — before their trust was tested, fractured or broken by clergy sex abuse. This photo essay explores their healing and the impact of abuse on faith.

Associated Press photographer Wong Maye-E captured the subjects with digital and Polaroid cameras. She soaked the instant photos, freeing the images on fragile membranes and pasting them on watercolor paper. The film transfers themselves, with their imperfections and rough edges, are resilient, much like the survivors they portray.