Parallel Justice Podcast #35 – Continuing Revelations: Abuse and the Mormon Church & LDS

Published on Aug 28, 2023

Coming from the National Center for Victims of Crime, Parallel Justice is a trauma informed and survivor centered podcast that investigates civil justice sought for criminal acts. Dive into the realities of our criminal justice system alongside expert attorneys who took on the cases that dominated the headlines and changed our society. This is not your typical True Crime show. Parallel Justice is an honest, empowering investigation into how the Justice system actually works, where it fails, and how survivors can seek accountability.

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Renée is the Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. She also serves as the Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate program of the National Center. Prior to taking the helm of the NCVBA, Renée was the …

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Not many religions are as shrouded in secrecy as the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) and its progeny. This secrecy cultivates a culture that is ripe for abuse to occur. Attorney Peter Janci of Crew Janci LLP represents sexual abuse survivors including those abused by LDS and FDLS clergy and rejoins us for this episode of the podcast to discuss how the abuse occurs and how we can combat it.

Sexual violence cases involving LDS churches and others associated with Mormonism tend to be discussed less often than similar cases against Catholic churches because these crimes are reported less often. The extent of abuse that occurs is significant, however. Victims of abuse are deterred from reporting sexual crimes due to the insular structure of LDS churches and those related as well as the fact that these churches are often based in states where court statutes stop victims from being able to take legal action.

Tune in to learn more about the history of sexual violence in LDS churches and how abuse is often hidden.

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