Victims Of Sexual Abuse By A Mormon LDS Clergy Member May Be Able To Seek Justice & Compensation

Reports have found that thousands of current and former members of the Mormon church suffered from abuse at the hands of high-ranking church officials. Many of the leaders in the church knew of the abuse yet continued to take part in widespread cover-ups to limit police involvement.

Mormon families attempting to expose instances of sexual abuse within their communities have alleged that they faced suppression and threats of disciplinary action from church leaders.

  • In one case in Idaho, two members claimed they were warned of potential punishment after alerting their congregation about their former bishop facing child sex abuse charges dating back a decade. Despite being aware of the allegations, the church allowed the bishop to remain an active member for months, prompting members who tried to speak out to face threats of disciplinary action. The bishop, Dylan Whiting, was eventually charged, convicted, and sentenced to prison.
  • Another case in Minnesota involves a social worker who asserts he lost his church position for speaking out about a registered sex offender in a leadership role.  Michael Benjamin claims he was silenced after questioning the appointment of a registered sex offender, Michael Adam Davis, to a senior church role. Benjamin was stripped of his positions within the church and faced account suspension after raising concerns about the lack of background checks. Davis later reoffended, leading to his conviction and a 30-year prison sentence.
  • The Mormon Church, based in Utah, also faces a significant lawsuit alleging a pattern of 'concealing' sexual abuse to protect its reputation. These allegations support previous reports on victims accusing Mormon leaders of concealing a sexual abuse 'epidemic,' comparable to scandals in the Catholic church. Around a dozen victims have shared their stories, unveiling decades of alleged cover-ups.

The church's commitment to youth protection has been questioned, and members argue that it prioritizes protecting its reputation over the well-being of victims. The accusations against Mormon leaders underscore the challenges and controversies surrounding the handling of sexual abuse within religious institutions.


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Victims Of Sexual Abuse By A Mormon LDS Clergy Member May Be Able To Seek Justice & Compensation

Eligible victims are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation by our experienced legal staff with the potential for compensation and justice.

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  • You must be currently under the age of 40
  • Sexual Abuse must have occurred in the state of California 
  • Sexual Abuse must have been committed by a Clergy member of the LDS (Priest, Bishop, etc.)

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Legal change around the country has given victims more opportunities to file civil claims of sexual abuse.

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What are some details of the new sex abuse reporting law now valid in several states?

The new sex abuse reporting law voted for in more than 20 states says that clergy, physicians, nurses, or anyone caring another “reasonably believes” has been abused or neglected has a legal obligation to report the information to the police or the other official state agency.

Changes, such as look-back window creations and extensions, have happened in:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • California
  • Maryland
  • Many others

The following details describe uncertainty in the reporting process

  • The supposed "hotline" for victims to call to report abuse directs victims to the church's law firm instead of to authorities.
  • Thousands of current and former victims continue to file individual claims against the church.
  • Those impacted are encouraged to come forward and receive a 100% free legal case review.

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Survivors of sexual abuse from the LDS Mormon Church deserve to get the compensation and justice they deserve from the church agencies that are supposed to protect them.

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How has the Mormon Church responded to claims of abuse?

Recordings show how the Mormon church protects itself from child sex abuse claims. A Utah attorney and head of the church’s Risk Management Division, Rytting had spent about 15 years protecting the organization, widely known as the Mormon church, from costly claims, including sexual abuse lawsuits.

How has the Mormon Church taken advantage of a reporting “loophole”?

Lobbying by religious institutions, including the Mormon Church, has persuaded state legislators throughout the country to maintain the loophole that allows some child predators who reveal their crimes to clergy in a confessional setting and do not turn themselves into police to remain free and continue abusing children.

How does reporting in a confessional setting continue to hurt victims?

An Arizona Superior Court judge has dismissed a high-profile child sexual abuse lawsuit against the LDS, ruling that church officials who knew that a church member was sexually abusing his daughter had no duty to report the abuse to police or social service agencies because the information was received during a spiritual confession.

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