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No, “preventing and responding to child abuse” is not “the subject of a regular lesson during Sunday meetings.” Where does this assertion even come from?I’ve never been in a church meeting that was devoted to issues like learning the signs of abuse, counseling victims, documenting cases, and reporting suspicions to the police.What’s especially weird about the “Effectiveness” statement is that it’s factually incorrect on several key points.These are enumerated blow by blow in an excellent response on Feminist Mormon Housewives, but let me recap a few of the most glaring errors. It’s disappointing that an LDS statement would make sweeping and self-aggrandizing generalizations to the effect that “child abuse by clergy may be a problem in other religions, but it’s never a problem with us, no sir!Given that the Mormon-dominated state of Utah now ranks fifth in the United States for cases of child abuse—and the highest of any state for child sexual abuse—it’s clear that there is a real dilemma here. This man fled Louisiana in 1979 when officials there had a warrant for his arrest on charges of child sexual abuse.He has eluded capture for nearly four decades, first in Brazil and then in California.
There’s a sharp spike beginning in the 1980s, only some of which can be attributed to language (i.e., a century earlier the same problem would have been referred to as “beating”).
The statement was apparently first written in 2010 by Von G.
Keetch, who was at that time chief outside legal counsel for the Church and is now a Seventy.
And if it were, our church has the absolute best practices and policies in place for addressing it.” This is just insulting. Heck, even the Southern Baptists, that loosest of confederations, have now adopted a centralized policy on child abuse.
Many other faiths are way ahead of us on this score: See here for the 2012 PC(USA) policy statement “We Won’t Let It Happen Here: Creating a Child Safe Church,” building on earlier General Assembly resolutions dating back to 1991. We could go on and on about the proactive ways that other faiths are getting out in front of this issue.