I was first groomed and raped at age 9 yrs old by my sister’s Sunday School teacher. My family were devout Mormons, and my parents were in marital turmoil with 4 small children. I did not “report” until I was in a facility at age 19 for attempted suicide. My parents then attempted to search for him, only to find out that the church had requested him to be moved out of the Stake and State. They followed him to several states until his trail was lost.
At age 14, I was groomed again by an adult youth leader who was “under suspicion” from other adults as being inappropriate with youth. This grooming and relationship lasted for 2 years until he “quickly” moved to another town.
Just recently, this same adult, was convicted to life in prison for child trafficking + 30 years for child pornography. I gave my deposition in his trial. Never mind the damage that was done to me by this man “of God”, in the church, the guilt I carry for not being able to come forward earlier has been far more devastating.
The church betrayed me and my siblings at 9yrs old, that was alot, but to do it again at 14 yrs old, I cannot stay silent anymore.