A very close friend told me that after she’d read just a few of these stories, it threw her into weeks of depression. After nearly 50 years she still hadn’t healed from the sexual abuse she suffered as a young teen. She’d never shared her story before; other than with her husband.
My heart broke as I listened to another sexual crime committed by yet another supposed “GOOD MAN” who had been supposedly called by GOD to serve in HIS church. She sobbed as she told me how violated she felt after that interview in her bishop’s office. He asked her all sorts of detailed and perverted questions that were none of his business. And at that time, she didn’t even know what some of his words meant or insinuated.
If that Bishop we’re alive today, I’d write him a scathing, public letter. Maybe another way to stop these horrific sexual crimes, is for victims and families to start publicizing their bishop’s names, and press charges.
EVERYONE should search the sex offenders’ lists to see who and how many of these “good” men have been “called to serve God” in their wards and temples; and then beware.
We may forgive, but that doesn’t mean we have to trust.