What is it about Mormons and sexual abuse? Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was caught by his wife having sex in a barn with a fourteen-year-old serving girl in his care when he was a middle-aged man. He coerced girls and women of all ages (some married to other men) who believed he spoke for God, into sexual liaisons with him by using the threat of eternal damnation if they didn’t submit. If that threat didn’t work he slandered them in the local paper.
Smith’s practice of the sexual abuse of children continues today—unchecked by government child protection services or sexual assault laws— in polygamous FLDS communities, one of them Bountiful in the south-eastern part of British Columbia.
A more covert practice of sexual and spiritual abuse of children flourishes in mainstream Mormon communities. Girls and boys as young as thirteen are called in for “moral interviews” without a parent present, by male leaders in their congregation.
The men conducting the “interviews” are ordinary blue and white collar workers with no professional credentials or background checks, who the LDS Church has given power to. These men bring their own sexual baggage into the interviews and may be neighbors or acquaintances of the parents of the children they are “interviewing.”
During the “interviews” these young girls and boys are asked—and expected to answer— if they have sexual thoughts and fantasies, whether they masturbate, and if they engage in any other form of sexual activity. See Mormon Stories.
Would you allow your male neighbor or acquaintance to ask your young child about their sexual thoughts and feelings, while alone with them?