Thursday, February 19, 2009
It Has to Stop Now!
President Thomas S. Monson, ecclesiastical leaders and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint: We will no longer remain silent about the sexual abuse of children in the church and organisations affiliated with the LDS Church like Boy Scouts of America.
In spite of the fact that we only see the tip of the iceberg, when various media report about cases of sexual childhood abuse among members of the LDS Church. We know that thousands of sexual childhood abuse cases never see the light of day, and that victims and their families suffer in quiet desperation. We know of hundreds of cases, were local ecclesiastical leaders covered up and silenced victims and their families. We know of hundreds of cases were ecclesiastical leaders on all levels in the church hierarchy harbored sexual child predators and did nothing to prevent them from having access to children in positions of trust. We have letters from families pleading the First Presidency to intervene and stop the spiritual abuse of victims and families, when the perpetrators of the abuse were local ecclesiastical leaders like Bishops. Nothing happened! It has to stop now!
We believe that protecting the image of the LDS Church is less important than preventing sexual child abuse. We find it more important to help the victims of sexual child abuse and their families by bringing perpetrators to justice in worldly courts of law. Over and over, we see that the "Courts of Love" and church disciplinary actions fails to bring justice, restitution, closure and protection to children in the church.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke.
Most members of the LDS Church are not aware of the magnitude sexual childhood abuse by LDS Members has. They may have heard of the sex abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, but think that this could never happen in the LDS Church, where the belief is that the Church is lead by Christ and God, who calls Church leaders to their positions. The authority of these church leaders can not be questioned and this blind faith is part of the problem. "
We have lost our patience and trust in Church leaders ability to handle and prevent sexual child abuse in the LDS Church. By starting this blog and documenting sexual childhood abuses we try to raise awareness to a problem you do not want to hear about. The church pays many millions of dollars every year to victims, that were betrayed by church leaders, who knowingly put "Worthy" priesthood holders and women in callings, where they have access to children, in spite of knowing that they have a history of sexually abusing children - sometimes for many decades.
We are tired of the cover ups, the denial and even persecution of victims and their families, who do not obey the Church's order to keep silent. We even see members of the LDS Church defending the perpetrators and persecuting members of the press. You may think that paying millions of dollars to settle these cases outside worldly courtrooms, so they world will not hear about it, will make the problem go away. You are wrong! As long as LDS Church members keep having blind faith in their ecclesiastical leaders, and do not follow the guidelines to prevent childhood sexual abuse, it will continue to be a problem. Checking all members criminal records or sex offender registries before (Checking with God) "Calling" them to positions in trust of children - must happen in every branch and ward all over the world. Adopting a "better safe than sorry" policy is needed and is a start.
We are going to write about the many cases, were victims and their families were betrayed by Ecclesiastical leaders neglecting their responsibility, and abusing their authority to coverup sexual childhood abuse and worse - failing over and over again to protect children, by harboring these predators. We are going to keep writing and speaking up, until there are no more cases to write about. We are going to keep writing until every victim have gotten restitution and punitive damages. We are going to keep writing to raise awareness about this problems, until policies that prevent sexual childhood abuse are enforced on all levels in the church hierarchy. We care more about our children and the victims, than the image of the LDS Church. It is our hope that you will begin to do the same.
Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.