#384 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

When I was in my late teens, I was called into the Bishop’s office, out of the blue, and interrogated for over one and half hours, regarding sexual acts that I knew nothing about. With each question the Bishop asked, I answered NO, as I was unaware of what he was talking about. I was…

#383 David. CS: 1,2,3,4,6

Those who read my story may well conclude that I have no business posting alongside those who have been subject to the horrors of sexual abuse and assault.  My story is perhaps altogether commonplace.  I share it because I am convinced that many members of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints have suffered…

#382 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10

My father was in church leadership as were all the males in my family dating back to Joseph Smith himself and are direct descendants of him. My maternal grandfather was a stake president, the first in the stake where I now live. He had a large family and every one of his children as well…

#380 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,5,7

I honestly can’t say that I know exactly where it all began. The trouble is that the fond memories intertwine with the inappropriate and drawing that line to decipher between the two was very difficult as a child, especially when I was too young to understand. The abuse and grooming was such an integral part…

#375 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,7,8,9

If you were with me in Utah right now, I would walk you out past my old neighborhood thru a farmer’s field about a quarter of a mile to the back edge of the field where an irrigation canal passes thru and a clump of trees still grows there today. One tree that’s there which…

#373 Charmaine Ferreira. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8. Other: Sexual abuse by Young Men’s President at age 15 onwards

This is my story for all the men and women who’s hearts and souls are broken because of men at church. This My story for you. I didn’t know who he was until he was my leader, before then, he was the new kid’s dad. He told us stories about him, about his violence. I…

#372 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,4,7

I left TSCC in my early 20s almost 45 years ago. My parents were “pioneers” of Mormonism in a small Australian city, hence branch presidents and later bishops were well known to the whole family. I was asked as a 12,13,14 year old if I “self abused”. I did not know what that meant. It…

#371 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,4,7. Other: Loss of innocence.

When I was a very naive 12 year old, I attended my first bishops interview. I was scared & really had no idea what to expect. I was intimidated by anyone in a leadership position. I think it all started out fine and then was hit with a question that I never imagined being asked.…