#556 Joanna C. CS: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

My name is Joanna C. and I am ready to go fully public about the lifetime of abuses through the mainstream Mormon Church and the fundamentalist sects of the church have perpetuated against not only me, but several key others. What was done to us by the church was monstrous and atrocious, and was always…

#554 Robbie S. CS: 1,2,3,6,7,8

I had a great childhood with really supportive, loving parents and kind church leaders. I also struggled silently with the shame and guilt that came from worthiness interviews. Up to this day I’ve struggled immensely with a variety of things that came from talking about my own private sexual development. I started masturbating at around…

#552 Crystal L. CS: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9

I grew up in an abusive household where I was regularly subject to physical, emotional and mental abuse. One day when I was 12, I was experimenting with myself not knowing what I was doing was bad and my parents walked in. My parents then sent me to the bishop, unfortunately the first of nearly…

#548 Name Hidden. CS: 1,3,6,7,8. Other: Spouse had an affair with one of our bishops and it led to our divorce.

Nearly twenty years ago, a bishop that had been an explorer adviser in a ward I grew up in, had told my parents that I was not good enough and had been giving me and them positive motivation books that he thought I needed to have. This man had always “put me down” in front…

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

When I was about 16 years old, I remember my bishop called our class of 20+ people to get there temple recommends. We had to all line up in the hallway and he called us one by one to get them renewed. I knew I wasn’t worthy of one and it would be awkward to…

#542 Name Hidden. CS: 1,2,3,6,7,8. Other: Distrust of authority figures, especially men.

I had a rough childhood. I was molested at age 5 by a stranger and grew up in an emotionally and physically abusive home. As a teenager I rebelled and sought freedom and love from outside sources. As a result, I ended up making bad choices. One night I snuck out with a group of…