These are personal accounts of the negative consequences that inappropriate interviews have had on people.

#687 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,5,7,8

When I was 11, my uncle (who was then in the bishopric) propositioned me for sex (I refused and got away, but didn’t tell anyone because he threatened my family) and then when I was 12, he molested me. After this incident, my mom could tell there was something wrong and I told her, but…

#686 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,6,7,8

This is something I posted to reddit a few years ago. I already had guilt and shame, the bishop made it worse. As a child, I was born into a deeply religious and active LDS family. We lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for a while before heading to upstate New York when I was…

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

As a kid, like most kids, I masturbated. Even typing this story after years of therapy I just had to justify why I masturbated. Anyways, I felt horrible about myself due to interviews from the time I was getting ready to leave primary (turning 12). I did not tell the Bishop because I was scared…

#683 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,5,7,8

When I was a member of the church at 12 years old, I was accused of masturbation by my parents and the bishop. I was only a deacon and had no idea what masturbation was at the time. I protested and insisted I was not guilty…but I was forced to undergo church discipline at only…

#682 Christian D. CS: 1,2,3,4,6,7,8

I discovered self-love at age 11. It was sorta an accident, but I really enjoyed it. I knew it must be wrong because my mother caught me once and we had a meeting with the Bishop that lasted an hour. We talked about playing with the special present before Christmas, and that I shouldn’t arise…

#680 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,7,8. Other: Domestic abuse relations later in life

My daughter went in to repent to the bishop. She had a sexual relationship with a man when she was 14 and he was 18. This went on for several months and was found out about by her parents and turned in to the authorities. She also had relations with another boy afterwards and wanted…

#679 Name Hidden. CS: 1. Other: Attempting to understand what the Bishop meant, causing some exploration and increased curiosity.

I was receiving my first birthday interview as a Young Man, so I must have been 13 years old. The Bishop had numerous children himself and must have felt skilled as a father, and part of his professional job was in counseling with the LDS Church. He later became Stake President. At a point in…

#678 Name Hidden. CS: 1,7,9,10. Other: Witness to numerous atrocities encouraged by LDS Bishops against other human beings. And very often these human beings were women.

LDS Church Bishops – the starting position for ALL other “higher” leadership positions in the LDS Church such as Stake President, etc. – are appointed ONLY based on being the highest tithing donor and being a church attending male in the congregation. NO OTHER CRITERIA are actually considered or used. There is NO screening or…