In recent years, I have been encouraged by the stance taken by the LDS Church towards sexual abuse cases, and the fact they let authorities deal with them, rather than try to manage them within the church. Don’t tell me it doesn’t or didn’t happen. I saw it myself, and have talked to detectives who quit the force and moved rather than deal with the obstruction of justice perpetrated by the LDS Church.
As I mentioned, I think this has mostly changed, but not completely.
This story is an example.
The Mormon Church claims it never knew one of its members, 49-year-old Susan Brock, the somewhat-estranged wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, was sexually abusing a teenage boy before her arrest..
This, according to court documents obtained by New Times, is a lie.
The church issued the following statement amid criticism that it knew of the relationship and didn’t report it to police:
“Any allegation that Church leaders knew of abuse but did nothing is inaccurate and offensive. The Church is extremely proactive in its efforts to protect children from abuse of any kind, and works diligently to support and assist victims of abuse. When abuse does occur we work to see that it is reported to the authorities.”