Lieff Cabraser’s sexual abuse survivor practice group is investigating new reports of widespread abuse in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), widely known as the Mormon church, including that many wards/congregations worked to protect themselves against the interests of their members, and that victims who did seek justice or even just protection found themselves faced with denials and disregard.
In August 2022, a new report came to light of a seven-year-long cover-up by the Mormon Church of the sexual abuse of a child. The report reveals that when an Arizona bishop learned that a member of his ward was sexually abusing his 5-year-old daughter, instead of reporting it to authorities, he followed church policy and called an internal Mormon abuse “help line,” set up to offer guidance to church leaders.
Nearly 12,000 pages of newly-obtained sealed records from a separate child sex abuse lawsuit against the Mormon church in West Virginia have shown that the Mormon abuse “help line” is part of a system set up by church officials to divert abuse allegations against church members away from law enforcement and instead to private church attorneys. The West Virginia lawsuit accuses the Mormon Church and several of its members of negligence and conspiring to cover up child sex abuse to avoid “costly lawsuits” and protect the reputation of the church.
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