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 If you know of anyone who has a story to contribute, please pass this on to them.

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 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 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,
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?


Mainstream LDS Parents Hand Over Children for Sexual and Spiritual Abuse by Leaders

Into the LightWould you allow your male neighbor or acquaintance to ask your young child about their sexual thoughts and feelings, while alone with them?

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.

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Bountiful Parents Get Jail Time. On Sex Offenders Registry

On August 11 the Bountiful, BC parents who trafficked their 13-year-old daughter across the border for sex with the 49-year-old leader of their Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sect, Warren Jeffs— under the guise of becoming one of his 80+ wives—were sentenced.

The child’s mother was sentenced to seven months in jail and 18 months’ probation and the child’s father, was sentenced to 12 months in jail and 18 months’ probation. Both much provide DNA samples, will be placed on the sex offender registry for 10 years and must comply with a long list of conditions.

I attended the August, 13 meeting of the BC Humanist Association and listened to a moving speech by Daphne Bramham of the Vancouver Sun, who was present in the Cranbrook Courtroom for the sentencing. Click on this link to listen to her speech.

Children the Victims of Polygamists’ Crimes

My Letter to the Editor, Published in Vancouver Sun Letters to the Editor, August 7, 2017

Re: Polygamists Relish Role as Martyrs, Daphne Bramham column, July 31

I appreciate The Vancouver Sun, and writer Daphne Bramham, continuing to give coverage to a practice that has existed in the community of Bountiful for decades: the rape of underage girls, with those committing these sexual crimes against children never facing prosecution.

The young girls of Bountiful — Canadian citizens entitled to protection under our laws that govern abuse of children — are being handed over by their parents to be raped and impregnated while their rapists claim freedom from prosecution for their atrocities, proudly declaring that they are being true to their religious beliefs. And that they have the right to rape under our country’s laws. What about the rights of the children they are sexually exploiting?

Polygamy in Bountiful is not about educated, independent adults, able to mutually give informed consent, choosing who they share their life with and how. A previous writer mentioned the affidavit filed in B.C. Supreme Court on June 30, 2009, by Const. Shelley Livingstone stating the RCMP had DNA and birth certificate proof that Winston Blackmore had impregnated nine (since raised to 10) underage girls, and recommended charges be laid. None were.

Does this make you proud to be Canadian?