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17 Mormon Bishops, including one from Canada, face possible excommunication for putting their names forward in support of No One-On-One-Interviews. No Sexually Explicit Questions. Ever.
Sam Young, an engineer and Mormon Bishop from Texas, is on the 19th day of a hunger strike in Salt Lake City, Utah to ask the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as LDS or Mormon, to stop sexually abusing children and grooming them for pedophiles. Others have joined in the fast.
Thousands recently came forward with details of being sexually assaulted as children during “moral cleanliness” interviews by Church Bishops. The mantra for Young’s group, Protect LDS Children, is: No One-On-One-Interviews. No Sexually Explicit Questions, Ever.
As part of mandated LDS policy and practice, girls and boys as young as eight are closeted behind closed doors with a lay volunteer, an older man with no appropriate training or a background check, and asked if they masturbate. Bishops are given no restrictions on the questions they may ask.
A list of 29 of the most common sexual questions children have been asked are posted on Young’s website Tocubit is Invisible’s Cubit and on Protect LDS Children. Facebook for Protect LDS Children, and other media, consider the questions too pornographic to post.
Young, a father of six girls, and a grandfather, was unaware that these questions were being asked by other Bishops until four of his adult daughters told him this past year. Young has spent over $150,000 of his retirement savings to raise member’s awareness of the damage these interviews cause, to ask Mormon parents to stop sending their children into these interviews, and to ask the Church to stop normalizing sexual abuse within the LDS culture. Donations of approximately $90,000 have been received.
The petition Young started asking the Church to stop these interviews now has over 55,000 signatures. This past spring, between 1,000 and 1,500 people joined him in a live-streamed march to Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City to deliver the petition and three books containing survivor’s stories, Sacred Stories of Sacred Children to each of the 15 top church leaders. Two low-level church employees were sent out to the sidewalk with a trolley, to collect the books. Other rallies in conjunction with the Salt Lake March were held internationally.
For the past seventeen evenings Young has held live-streamed side-walk sessions across from the Salt Lake Temple and invited each of the top 15 church leaders to stop by and chat. None have. This past Sunday he invited the President of the Church, Russell Nelson, to a special service for survivors harmed by the “cleanliness interviews.” Nelson didn’t show. 17 Mormon Bishops, including one from Canada, face possible excommunication for putting their names forward during the service in support of No One-On-One-Interviews. No Sexually Explicit Questions, Ever.