“Protecting The Children”, Abuse continues. LDS Church Tosses Bishop for protecting children!
After he had been released from his calling as a bishop (still in good standing with the LDS Church and its leadership), he learned from his four daughters that their bishop had asked them if they masturbate. Sam was outraged to learn that his daughters’ personal, intimate boundaries had been callously bulldozed without his knowledge or consent.
Sam Young tried to communicate his concerns with his Bishop and with his Stake President. (An LDS Stake is composed of several wards, and the Stake Presidency is composed of three laymen, just as a Bishopric is). Sam Young got nowhere; he was ignored. During this time, he also became aware of several other instances of children being asked inappropriate and sexually explicit questions behind closed doors with a single adult male, the bishop of that ward.
Sam Young began collecting and assembling their stories. It was his hope that once the LDS leadership could read the stories and learn about the damage done in the past and that was still happening, that the leadership would make changes so that no more children were hurt, damaged or traumatized by inappropriate and sexually explicit questions with a single adult male behind closed doors. As of this writing, Sam Young has over 1,000 stories, many of them heart-rending and unable to complete reading without crying out over the children’s pain and suffering from such interviews. Many adults now have also contributed their stories of the shame and suffering they experienced from their bishop’s worthiness interview when they were children,
Books containing the firsthand accounts of the damage done to hundreds of children as a result of this Church policy were also delivered to LDS Church leaders at a rally on March 30th. You can read over 800 stories of victims by clicking here.
Along with the personal stories, Sam also got a list of 29 questions that are commonly asked of minor children in a closed room by a single adult male.