SALT LAKE CITY - Survivors of sexual abuse have a new advocate willing to fight on their behalf in Utah. The non-profit organization Restore our Humanity plans to provide therapy and legal counsel for survivors and their family who reach out.
A Utah civil rights group has launched a two-part initiative to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault inside the Mormon church and help purported survivors connect with services and support.
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 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.
Complaints are mounting against a Utah County judge who earlier this week praised a former Mormon bishop before sending him to prison for sexually abusing two women.
But the chances of the judge being punished appear slim because his remarks don't seem to fit within any of the five forms of judicial misconduct that would trigger reprimands, one expert said.
A Utah judge who last week called a convicted rapist 'an extraordinarily good man' as a victim sat in the courtroom won't be booted from the bench any time soon, officials said.