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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