#434 Name Withheld CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

My name is Julie. At the time of this writing I am 34 years old. I was born and raised in Utah within the Mormon church. I come from a multi-generational family with deep roots in Mormonism. Most of my family joined at the very beginnings of the church under Joseph Smith or Brigham Young.…

#433 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,7,8

***Sam, thank you for your hard work, selfless service, dedication to protect our children. I don’t know if this counts but I believe my bishop could have stopped the sexual abuse I endured from a brother and two cousins. My abuse was the span of age 4-10. My baptism interview is where I thought I…

#432 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9. Other: General inability to function constructively in interpersonal relationships

Dear Mr. Young, March 22, 2018 I only recently discovered your work yesterday—your website, and stories of LDS children abused by ecclesiastical interviews. I glanced briefly at the headers for some of the stories on your web site, and knew I had to submit a story. I apologize for the length of the narrative, but…

#429 Ashley S. CS: 1,2,7. Other: Trust issues with authorities

When I was 9 years old, I was molested by a boy who lived in my neighborhood. I told my parents right after it happened. My parents got the boy and parents involved. Asked for my story, then the boys side. The boy’s parents asked for the cops not to get involved. (The boy was…

#428 Erin W. CS: 1,2,3,5,7,8

My father physically/sexually abused, neglected, and abandoned his children, with no remorse. When this was brought to the attention of multiple bishops and stake presidents, his vehement denial was all they needed to brush us off. He continued to go to the temple with his recommend and hold callings in his ward… now he is…

#425 Name Hidden. CS: 1,3,6,7

I haven’t really discussed this with anyone before.  However, I have been following your movement and it has sparked memories of being ask questions about masturbation during bishop interviews in the 80’s and 90’s. I was very ashamed to have to confess to having sexual feelings and to have acted on them in private. My…

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

I went to my bishop as a teenager for help navigating trauma from childhood physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. He connected me to some resources and was an empathetic and curious listener– too curious, sometimes. We met a couple times a month for about year. He was always physically affectionate with me giving full body…

#423 J Adams. CS: 1,2,4,5,6,7,8

Beginning when I was 9 years old, I had an older brother that repeatedly tried to coerce me into playing sexual games with my 7 year old sister. I was too young to understand what was happening then, but many years later I learned that he had begun raping her. When I wouldn’t go as…

#420 Michael S. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7, Other: Disbelief in the “church”

I was a young adult during the time in which the internet and online porn were becoming popular. It seemed that every Sunday or General Conference was filled with endless warning of porn. I was probably an “expert” on porn before I had even had a chance to know what it really was. Before I…