1,196 Signatures, Appeal Lenient Polygamy Sentences

Press Release Sent To Electronic and Print Media:

ELEVEN HUNDRED AND NINETY-SIX ASK FOR APPEAL

REQUEST SENT TO PETER WILSON, PROSECUTOR 

Vancouver, BC. July 16, 2018. The original change.org petition Appeal Blackmore/Oler’s Lenient Polygamy Sentence: Protect Canadian Children, was sent to BC Attorney General, David Eby this morning with a follow-up request to Peter Wilson, the Prosecutor on the Bountiful, BC. Polygamy Case.The Petition, and the Reasons for Signing, can be found at https://chn.ge/2IKduKy.

As of this morning, 1,196 ordinary, concerned people, are asking the BC Government and the BC Justice System to appeal these sentences—which change nothing for the children and women of Bountiful. The number of signatures on the petition continues to grow.

Reasons for Signing range from: “ . . .disgusting that this evil serial sex offender is not in jail for life, let alone 5 years . . . Sending him home to continue raping those children????!!!!! . . .He shows no remorse and plans to continue his practice . . . an insult to all the children these pedophiles have defiled . . insult to ALL Canadian women . . . insult to the rule of law . . .a joke and almost a reward and not a punishment or a deterrent . . . a slap in the face of all who have spoken out against the leaders of these groups who abuse and exploit women and children . . .Imagine that was YOUR 15-year-old child . . .”

1,196 ordinary, concerned people want change, and are asking Peter Wilson to appeal these lenient polygamy sentences.

Polygamy Sentence Cruel Joke – Petition to B.C. AG David Eby

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POLYGAMY SENTENCE CRUEL JOKE PETITION TO B.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL, DAVID EBY

Vancouver, BC. July 2, 2018. Maggie Rayner has started an on-line petition to ask David Eby, Attorney General for B.C., to arrange an appeal of the polygamy sentences handed down in the Cranbrook Courthouse last week. She believes the lenient sentences are a cruel joke and no deterrent for any polygamist.

Rayner, raised in Richmond in a mainstream Mormon family with polygamous ancestors, began lobbying the B.C. government in 2004 to protect the children and women of Bountiful from the harms of polygamy. She was told the reason that the government did not enforce existing child protection laws in Bountiful was the conflict between the section of the Canadian Criminal Code declaring polygamy illegal and and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms granting freedom to practice religion. When this conflict was resolved in the Courts, Rayner was hopeful that the recent conviction of Winston Blackmore and James Oler for polygamy, would offer a better future to the children and women of Bountiful.

While the Criminal Code outlines a sentence of imprisonment for five years, the lenient sentences: six months house arrest and one year’s probation for Blackmore, three months house arrest and one year’s probation for Oler, have left her frustrated.

Blackmore, who has 24 wives (nine were underage and two were 15 when he married and impregnated them) and 149 children, will carry on doing what he’s always done. He’s allowed to leave home to go to work, to appointments, and for any other duties he considers necessary. He’ll continue to collect the staggering large monthly child tax credit from the B.C. government paid for by taxpayers, as well as other government benefits. His children will continue to receive religious education in a school funded by taxpayers, and his babies will continue to be born in a private midwife’s client in Bountiful—hidden from public overview—built and paid for by taxpayers.

While Oler has left Bountiful and is living in Alberta, Blackmore can continue to do what he’s always done, and nothing has changed for the children and women in the community. At issue for Rayner is the inability of the girls and young women of Bountiful to give informed consent to practice polygamy. Most have only a grade six education, if that, heavily weighted with religious doctrine and homemaking skills. All have been indoctrinated since birth to submit to sex with a man old enough to be their grandfather. None of Blackmore’s 24 wives were independent, educated women when he married them.

Rayner’s on-line petition asking David Eby, Attorney General for B.C., to arrange an appeal of the sentences with the B.C. Prosecution Service can be found at change.org https://chn.ge/2IKduKy under Appeal Blackmore/Oler’s Lenient Polygamy Sentence: Protect Canadian Children.

Polygamists Sentenced to a Few Months House Arrest with Privileges

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, convicted Fundamental Latter-Day Saint polygamist Winston Blackmore, of Bountiful, B.C. was sentenced to 6 months house arrest and one year’s probation for practicing polygamy. He is allowed to leave home to: go to work, for personal appointments, and to perform duties he considers necessary. His punishment for practicing polygamy with girls and young women unable to give informed consent, is to carry on doing what he’s been doing for the last 30 years.

Blackmore, 61, has 24 wives and 149 children. DNA and birth certificate evidence at trial showed that nine of his wives were under 18, and two were 15, when he married and impregnated them. The majority of his wives have only a grade six education, if that, funded by BC taxpayers in Bountiful’s school which is heavily-weighted with religious doctrine and homemaking skills. None of his wives were independent, educated women, capable of making an informed choice, when he married them. They had been indoctrinated since birth to submit to sex with a man old enough to be their grandfather. While the RCMP filed an affidavit in 2009 listing the evidence that Blackmore had impregnated nine, since raised to 10, underage girls he has never been charged with rape or sexual assault.

James Oler, also a convicted polygamist from Bountiful, B.C., who has five wives, two under 18 when he married them, was sentenced to three months under house arrest and one year’s probation. Unlike Blackmore, Oler has been banished from the church and from Bountiful by Warren Jeffs, the pedophile prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Oler lives in Alberta and no longer has any contact with his wives, children or anyone else in the community. The Crown is currently appealing his acquittal last year of transporting a child to the states for sexual purposes.

 

 

Convicted Bountiful Polygamists to be Sentenced on June 26th

Winston Blackmore and James Oler, convicted in BC Supreme Court on July 24, 2017 of practicing polygamy, will be sentenced on June 26th. Blackmore was convicted for having 24 wives and Oler, for having four.

10 of Blackmore’s “wives” were underage girls when he had sex with them, and all had less than a grade six education. Blackmore has yet to be charged with sexual abuse/assault under the laws of our province, despite the RCMP filing an affidavit in BC Supreme Court with supporting DNA and birth certificate evidence.

In 2013 Blackmore was judged “grossly negligent” by a Federal Court for falsely reporting his income, with his debt to Canadians in 2017 being $2,387,766.01.

Despite all, the prosecutor for the polygamy conviction still describes Blackmore as “law-abiding, hard-working and honest” and is asking for a sentence of 90 days to six months, and a sentence for Oler of between 30 days to 90 days.

The prosecutor’s description of Blackmore as “law-abiding . . . and honest” fits my understanding of the definition of “gaslighting”—getting a person to question their own sense of reality. For I’m sure left questioning mine.

He Told Me He Was Afraid

I’m reeling. I thought I was done sharing my story of growing up Mormon. Now, I’m not so sure. Today, as a human library book at the Downtown Vancouver Public Library, one of my readers was—a Mormon. My “title” for this year was Polygamy and Me: Growing Up Mormon.

In three years of participating in this yearly three-weekend event, I’ve chatted individually with over one hundred people. When each reader sits down to talk to me I usually ask what they know about the religion. As the clean-cut, 25-year-old guy across from me announced that he was a member, I gulped. This was a first. Would our conversation be combative? Keep reading →

Protect LDS Children

I was excited to receive this from Sam Young of protectldschildren.org. If you know of anyone who has a story to contribute, please pass this on to them.

Greetings,
Thank you, my friends, for standing up to protect our children. We are now 10,000 thundering voices strong.
The petition is already making a big difference in the lives of many adults and children. Adults have reported that what we are doing has helped in their healing process. Children have been protected by parents starting to forbid one-on-one interviews.
The main purpose of our movement is to bring about major changes to the LDS Church’s interview practice. This petition is the first major step. Thank you for taking it with me.
The next step is to get as many stories as possible recorded on the new website protectldschildren.org. Here’s why this is needed:
  • Various media outlets have asked for a convenient location where testimonials can be viewed of the damage caused by LDS interview practices.
  • Many church members are still unaware that sexually explicit questions are being asked of our children.
  • Many church members are unaware of the severe consequences that our children have suffered.
Here’s what I’m asking. If you or your children have experienced sexually intrusive questioning during youth interviews, please record your story at protectldschildren.org. Short or long, the word count doesn’t matter.
Currently, we have 80 stories. My goal is 1,000. On January 18th, we will hold a press conference in SLC. Major media outlets are expected to be present. We have 2 weeks to accumulate the narratives that ultimately will be offered to the press.
BTW, you can choose to hide your name when recording your story.
I’ll get back with you when we launch our next step to protect our children.
All my best for a happy and healthy New Year,
Sam
P.S. Special thanks to the 80 of you who have already recorded your story.

Sex Abuse Case Against Mormon Leaders to go to Trial

Filed in 2013, the lawsuit against the church accuses the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and church leaders of actively covering up the abuse and assisting a member with a criminal record for sexual abuse, to commit further acts.

The suit also alleges that the church, through its leaders, has tried to intimidate the families of the children suing the church and has allegedly directed fellow church members to try to convince them to abandon their claims “lest they run afoul of church teachings regarding forgiveness,” a copy of the suit reads.

Click here to read news article on lawsuit against the LDS Church.

Click here to read full details of the lawsuit against the the LDS Church.

Anyone Can Sign Petition to Stop Sexual Abuse of Children by Mormon Church

You don’t have to be a Mormon to add your voice to protect LDS children against sexual abuse.

Anyone, anywhere in the world can sign.

If you are concerned about protecting children from sexual abuse, Please click on this link and sign this petition. Please pass on the link to the petition to anyone you know who shares your views about the importance of protecting children.

If you want to know exactly what kinds of questions these children are being asked while closeted on their own with an untrained older man who has his own sexual  history and and may be a pedophile scroll to the bottom of the website page of the petition.

“Spotlight” Calls on Mormon Church to End Interview System

The prominent support group that helped expose widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests is calling on the LDS Church to discontinue its practice of male bishops interviewing young Mormons behind closed doors.

Such conversations, sometimes about intimate sexual matters are “a recipe for abuse,” said Joelle Casteix, the Western regional leader for SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “They should be stopped.”

Considered the oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings, SNAP’s efforts were featured in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight.”

Click on this link to read the full article by Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune (the independent paper that the LDS Church tried to silence) about Spotlight’s call to the Mormon Church to end this interview system which places vulnerable children in situations where abuse can – and does – flourish.

Mormon Church Sanctions Sexual Abuse of Children, “Dirty Little Secret”

For anyone who read my last post about the systemic sexual and spiritual abuse of children by untrained blue and white-collar LDS Bishops, as sanctioned by the church itself, and had doubts about the content–does this really happen?– check out these two followup sources confirming my content.

Please click on this link to read the article Mormon Interviews Damage Children In this article the writer describes eight-year old children being interviewed about sex and masturbation – alone behind closed doors with an older man – and sets out the life-long damage this causes and a Petition to the Church to stop this abuse.

Please click on this link to view John Dehlin’s interviews on Mormon Stories Mormon Leaders and Inappropriate Interviews Regarding Sexuality. In this podcast Dr. Dehlin speaks with survivors of Mormon Leader sexual abuse, who were adolescents at the time of the abuse.

Why are Mormon parents handing their children over to be sexually and spiritually abused? Why are Mormon parents not protecting their children?