UT--LDS Church flat-out wrong about one-on-one interviews with children, Victims group says

UT--LDS Church flat-out wrong about one-on-one interviews with children, Victims group says

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Leader, jcasteix@gmail.com949-322-7434

http://kutv.com/news/local/petition-calls-for-ending-church-leader-interviews-of-sexual-matters-lds-church-responds

No other reputable institutional church, private or public school, sports group, youth serving organization, or community center allows one-on-one meetings between adults and children. Why? It’s an invitation for sexual abuse. Why is the LDS church endorsing this horrible practice?

This week, the LDS Church defended conducting one-on-one interviews between high-ranking church officials and 12-to-17-year-old congregation members, saying that "Personal interviews are an important part of ministering to those in a congregation.” In these interviews, many of the adults ask the children about sex, masturbation, and pornography.

This week, the LDS Church defended conducting one-on-one interviews between high-ranking church officials and 12-to-17-year-old congregation members, saying that "Personal interviews are an important part of ministering to those in a congregation.” In these interviews, many of the adults ask the children about sex, masturbation, and pornography.

The ramifications of these meetings are horrific. They are an invitation for sexual abuse and exploitation. Even though parents are invited to be in the hallway next door, putting a child alone in a room with an adult in a position of power—who can ask the child probing questions about sex—is an open invitation for predators. What child will report that something bad happened during a meeting that the LDS Church calls a “sacred opportunity?” Our experience has shown us predators will abuse kids while their parents were in the next room or down the hall. All they need is a closed door.

We salute Sam Young, a former LDS Bishop who exposed this practice and is circulating a petition to stop it. We hope that LDS Church leaders embrace him and his idea, instead of shunning him. He is a hero for the children of LDS.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact – Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434jcasteix@gmail.com),  Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Melanie Sakoda, (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

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  • commented 2017-12-17 19:34:04 -0600
    Even though it’s more often than not unintentional, the child is being groomed for further talk or action with an adult who is not their parent.
    Thank you for drawing attention to this dangerous practice Joelle.
    I hope that Leah Remini chooses to focus the spotlight on the Mormon cult for their behaviors and practices.

    One girl wrote about having her vagina anointed because she touched it – masturbating. That is considered a huge sin. Someone needs to make it stop.
  • commented 2017-12-15 11:24:38 -0600
    All I can say is AMEN! And thank yo for your support
  • commented 2017-12-15 04:23:42 -0600
    I am a survivor of molest by my Mormon bishop during these interviews. I was THAT child who was scared and could not speak out.
    You can read my story here:

    https://invisiblescubit.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/pedophiles-in-priesthood-power-amys-story/

    Thank you, Joelle Castiex, for weighing in on this important issue.

    In my story you will read about a layer to all this that causes me to wonder how many molest cases might the LDS Church have payed off —like the long list of cases in the movie Spotlight wherein the Catholic Church was paying off victims of molest by priests out of court —to eliminate an easily detected paper trail of the extent of these molested.
    The offer that Von G. Keetch (attorney and General Authority of the LDS Church) made to an attorney I spoke with about the Mormon bishop who molested me —of a monetary compensation -would have been exactly that…. a monetary compensation in exchange for my agreement to NEVER speak publicly about being molested by a Mormon bishop… all handled out of court. No paper trail.

    Does the hierarchy of the Mormon church even care that the ramifications of these interviews are horrific… and that they are an invitation for sexual abuse and exploitation?
    We shall see – when we find out whether they stop these interviews or not.
  • commented 2017-12-14 23:26:19 -0600
    Oops, I apologize - Joelle!
  • commented 2017-12-14 23:25:33 -0600
    Thank you, Julie and SNAP!

    I hope the LDS church gets its Spotlight moment to overhaul this practice and do more to protect real people.

    Your expert statement and influence is so appreciated.

    I signed the petition, I hope many more do too.
  • commented 2017-12-14 13:39:51 -0600