I am a Therapist-Survivor of ritualistic abuse and mind control, that involved at least two of my bishops as perpetrators, and two of my stake presidents. The document below is a document I wrote with the help and edits of a psychologist friend who has advocated and supported survivors for almost 4 decades. While my story is written to help professionals and survivors understand the healing process of being a victim of organized and religious abuse, know that I grew up LDS, I still consider myself an active member of the LDS faith, but I have been harmed by church leaders who directly abused me, and church leaders who had no understanding of how to handle my story when I asked them for help. I am also the sister of #558, and I hope someone can benefit from what I’ve learned in helping myself to heal, and now helping other survivors of extreme and organized religious abuse have a voice and be believed. We will not be silenced.
Note from Sam: the document referred to did not properly download. I’m awaiting another copy from Tara.