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Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen []


By Michael Rezendes, Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP Photo, Associated Press News, August 4, 2022

MJ was a tiny, black-haired girl, just 5 years old, when her father admitted to his bishop that he was sexually abusing her.

The father, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an admitted pornography addict, was in counseling with his bishop when he revealed the abuse. The bishop, who was also a family physician, followed church policy and called what church officials have dubbed the “help line” for guidance.

But the call offered little help for MJ. Lawyers for the church, widely known as the Mormon church, who staff the help line around the clock told Bishop John Herrod not to call police or child welfare officials. Instead he kept the abuse secret.

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What an incredible story of sexual abuse, secrecy, horrific criminality on the part of Mormon church officials, kind people who are helping, a resilient child who appears to be blossoming despite every reason not to do so, and courageous siblings committed to ending evil in a “church” rife with lies and deceit.

This is a hard but necessary read. We all need to know and make law enforcement aware that these agreements exist in some “faith communities” and do all we can to shine the light on them and end it, to protect the children at all costs.

Thanks for posting.

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