SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) published an article describing Mormon interview practices with children an “invitation for sexual abuse.” The Salt Lake Tribune followed up with their article entitled “Sexual abuse survivors group of ‘Spotlight’ fame calls on Mormon church to change interview system.”
The LDS Church, by way of the Deseret News, responded with this editorial: “In our opinion: Mormon bishop interviews are not ‘invitations’ for abuse.”
So, which is it?
Experts say—Invitation for abuse
Church says—Not an Invitation for abuse
Well, well. Let’s consider it from a pedophile’s perspective. What conditions would be conducive to a Perfect Paradise for Pedophiles?
No fingerprint check.
No background check.
Unfettered access to children.
Institutional requirement that all children meet one-on-one with a man behind closed doors.
Institutional requirement that no parent or other adult be in the same room when a child is all alone with an adult male leader.
Institutional acceptance, expectation, and instruction that sexual matters be discussed between a child and a grown man behind-closed-doors.
No restrictions whatsoever on how sexually graphic one-on-one interviews with children can be.
Every single one of those marks applies to the Mormon Church….ONLY the Mormon church. No other reputable institution in America condones this behavior. In fact, every other institution in our country condemns this conduct.
What do YOU think?
Is the interview protocol for children in my church an invitation for abuse? Or simply a sacred opportunity for a child and his or her spiritual male leader?
Pedophiles In Our Midst
Jan 2018: Former Bishop charged with sex abuse.
Come on, my Mormon friends. This has to make your stomach turn. These pedophiles were Bishops and Stake Presidents!!! Never…ever…allow your child to go behind closed doors with an any adult, even at church.
Protect The Children NOW
In 2018, this monstrous practice WILL be struck down….as we all join our efforts together.
- Add your name to 10,000 thundering voices
- Share your story on protectldschildren.org. This is important. We now have 66 stories of inappropriate interviews and the harms they have caused. Our goal is 1,000. The documentation of this wide swath of damage will draw strong media coverage.
- Stay tuned…..