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Ex-Utah church leader charged with sex abuse, lewdness involving boys
12/14/2018
A Draper man described in court documents as a "leader" in a local church was charged Wednesday with sexually abusing a boy in his congregation and being lewd around other boys.
KSL.COM

 

Deposition of LDS Church president sought in sex abuse lawsuit
12/14/2018
The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being sought for a deposition in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse involving his daughter and son-in-law.
Fox 13

 

LDS Confessions
11/21/2018
A new Facebook page has been getting a lot of attention by people who want to share their often-horrific church stories.
Salt Lake City Weekly

 

Non-profit organization calls for change in laws requiring clergy to report sex abuse
11/07/2018
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah legislators woke up from election night Wednesday morning to a release calling on a change in laws involving the sanctity of the communication between a clergy member and those who may seek forgiveness.
Fox 13 News

 

Claims Of Sexual Abuse Continue To Haunt LDS Church
10/17/2018
This week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets in Salt Lake City for its bi-annual conference. Meanwhile a report in the Salt Lake Tribune says a new lawsuit claims the Church turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children in one of its programs.
Wyoming Public Media

 

A lawsuit accuses relatives of Mormon church president of sexually abusing children
10/03/2018
A lawsuit filed in Salt Lake City’s federal court on Wednesday alleges sexual abuse and a cover up involving family members of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

Lawsuit alleging sex abuse, cover up filed against family of LDS Church president
10/03/2018
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Salt Lake City on Wednesday by six unnamed people listed only as "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" against unnamed "Doe 1 Male Defendant" and "Doe 2 Female Defendant." However, Brenda and Richard Miles' attorney publicly disclosed their names after the lawsuit was filed and said they vigorously deny the allegations.
Fox 13 News

 

LDS Church settles sex abuse lawsuits
09/24/2018
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has settled a series of lawsuits filed by a group of people alleging they were sexually abused within a church-run program for Native American children.
Fox 13 News

 

MormonLeaks: Leaked document sheds light on LDS Church's handling of 7 sex abuse cases
09/11/2018
(KUTV) — The website MormonLeaks obtained a formerly confidential document that shows how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 2012, handled allegations of sexual assault against missionaries and one stake president.
KUTV 2 News

 

Lawyers: Deal unlikely in Mormon church sexual abuse
09/06/2018
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church lawyers said this week it’s unlikely they will reach a settlement with a woman who accuses the faith of covering for a former missionary leader who she says raped her in the 1980s.
Associated Press

 

Musical Prodigy Siblings: Why We Turned Our Dad in for Sex Abuse & How We're Helping Other Survivors
09/06/2018
n June 2010, the Brown siblings — piano-playing musical prodigies who perform together as The 5 Browns — came forward to police to reveal a startling secret: Their father and manager, Keith Brown, had been sexually abusing his three daughters for years, thousands of times over.
People.com

 

Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors Face Lifelong Financial Burdens
09/04/2018
When Ray Santori was 10, his mother died. His father had died the year before, so an aunt and uncle near Pittsburgh took him in.
UPR.ORG

 

Woman who accused fromer MTC president of rape confronts his LDS Church ward in Arizona
09/04/2018
The woman who alleges the former president of the Missionary Training Center raped her in 1984 brought her battle to an LDS ward in Arizona on Sunday, and a video of her repeating her accusations there has been posted on YouTube.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

When Churches Become Scenes of Sexual Abuse
08/16/2018
In 2017, six Mormon families tried to sue the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for allegedly covering up child sexual abuse by a church member of children as young as 4 and 6 years old. And another suit against the Mormon church claims “Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in the church’s Indian Student Placement Program.”
TownHall

 

What Happens When Mormon Leaders Treat Child Sexual Abuse As A Sin, Not A Crime
07/16/2018
Kristy Johnson says her father molested and raped her — along with her two sisters — throughout their teen and childhood years.
KUER NPR Utah

 

Woman Claims Mormon Church’s Cover-Up Culture Protected Her Sexual Predator Dad
06/29/2018
A woman who filed a child sexual abuse lawsuit against her father is claiming that Mormon church leaders knew about the abuse for years but failed to report it to the police.
HuffPost

 

Woman says Mormon church failed to report dad's sexual abuse
06/28/2018
SALT LAKE CITY – A woman who claims in a lawsuit that her father sexually abused her as a child said Thursday that Mormon church leaders allowed the sexual assault to continue by failing to report it to police.
Fox News

 

Outcry as Utah judge calls Mormon bishop who raped girl a ‘good man’
04/15/2017
Judge Thomas Low let Keith Robert Vallejo out of custody after jury convicted him of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape
The Guardian

 

Civil rights group to file complaint against judge who praised rapist during sentencing
04/15/2017
The group, Restore Our Humanity, is working to file a complaint against Judge Thomas Low of Utah's 4th District. Low, moments before sentencing a former LDS bishop Keith Vallejo for sexually assaulting two relatives, gave glowing praise to the convicted sex predator.
KUTV2

 

Judge praises former LDS bishop, while sentencing him for rape, as victim listens
04/14/2017
Provo, Utah — (KUTV) — Fourth District Court Judge Thomas Low had glowing praise for a man who was convicted of molesting two female relatives while they stayed at his home three years ago. "The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," Low said just moments before sentencing Keith Vallejo to prison for sexually abusing the two females. "But great men, sometimes do bad things," Low continued.
KUTV2

 

Lawmaker: Utah colleges need confidential assault counseling
01/27/2017
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker is working on new statewide rules requiring college counselors to keep sex abuse reports confidential. The proposal comes after Mormon-owned Brigham Young University last year faced major backlash when it was revealed it shared sex assault information with its honor code office.
Daily Herald

 

Another lawsuit filed against LDS Church alleging sex abuse in Navajo program
01/26/2017
SALT LAKE CITY — Another lawsuit has been filed against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints alleging sexual abuse while in a church-run program for Navajo children. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Navajo Nation District Court in New Mexico, accuses the LDS Church of not doing anything about the abuse in the church’s “Lamanite Placement Program,” also known as the “Indian Placement Program.” The alleged victim is only identified in court documents by her initials, “IR.”
Fox 13 News

 

Speaking up about child abuse
01/25/2017
In March 2015, Utah’s legislature approved HB277, a bill that eliminated the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits against perpetrators of child sexual abuse. This was a huge milestone for survivors in our state, enabling them to take civil action when they are ready. However, there is still much work to be done. Utah ranks among the worst in the nation for its rate of sexual abuse.
The Independent

 

LDS Church fights deposition subpoena of President Thomas S. Monson
01/06/2017
LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson was subpoenaed to appear at a deposition Monday to answer questions about what, if anything, he may have known as a general authority about accusations of sex abuse in the church’s “Lamanite Placement Program” or “Indian Student Placement Program.” Four people are suing the LDS Church, accusing it of not doing enough to stop the alleged abuse.
Salt Lake Tribune

 

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