My coverage of #protectldschildren #templesidechatewithanapostle Day 1 and being on Fox 13

Fox13 Article And Video On ProtectLDSChildren

 

I would like to take this moment to set the record straight.

Yes, I am the one who was asked disgusting questions by my bishop after coming to him about being molested by my lds neighbor in his temple garments when I was 6 years old. I’ve decided to make this part of my story public for clarification, and if anyone is interested in more of my story, feel free to ask questions or wait for our book. I speak from a place of truth, and I will not be silent about my experiences. Share if you please. These kinds of things NEED to be talked about, and if I have to put my name on it to raise some awareness and possibly help even ONE CHILD from enduring this hell, it will be worth it all.

My first adult attackers name was Leo Soderstrom. He groomed me for months with my parents occasionally present before I felt comfortable enough to drop by his house several times a week on average to pick up box tops and milk jug lids for my local school. Even then, I was still cautious. He was always trying to get me alone in his dead wife’s old room full of handmade crocheted dress dolls, and it scared me enough I started bringing my dog with me. I continued to go because I thought I was doing good, visiting an older lonely man and earning money for Fillmore Elementary School.

I will NEVER forget that day. I came onto his porch, left my dog in the walkway, and knocked on the main door. I heard his voice welcome me inside, so I opened the door. I didn’t see him when I first entered, but I saw this big beautiful shiny remote control toy speedboat, which is similar to what I asked for every year for Christmas. He knew it would draw me in and distract me. His voice came again from the back of the house, telling me to sit down and look at his new toy while he gathered the box tops and put them in a bag. And so I didn’t even notice when he came into the room until he was almost upon me. He was only wearing his temple garments. At first I was shocked and embarrassed, because he was so near naked, but I had seen my dad and friends parents at sleepovers wearing them occasionally, so I just assumed he had been sleeping and hadn’t dressed yet. I stood up quickly to take the brown paper bag in his hand, clutching it in my fist between us like a shield. Suddenly I was being pushed up against the cheaply boarded walls, his hands groping at my 6 year old chest underneath my favorite rainbow shirt. I was frozen, terrified and speechless, not quite understanding what was happening. He started to breathe heavily close to my face, moving his hand down into the side of my overalls while holding me pinned to the wall by my right breast with the other. After what seemed like an eternity, he finally pulled his hand out, but to my horror he reached down into his temple garments and grabbed his penis, pulling it out and exposing himself to me. It was at this moment I was able to manage a small, strangled sort of cry, which caused my german shepherd/rottweiler mix dog Nakeeta to start barking and scraping at the porch door trying to get to me. It was enough to shake his concentration on my childish body and distract him so that I could break away from his grip and run out of the door, down the porch, all the way back to my own house just less than a block away.

I fought with myself for several days about what to do. The year before, a group of popular mormon boys had cornered me on the bus and threatened to do whatever they wanted to me, because I was adopted and different. I still remember the nightmares they caused me to have, visions of being dragged to the creek behind my house and beaten, raped, and abused until I was dead, even though at that age I could barely understand what they were describing they would do to me. I had immediately gone home and told my father, who went straight to the boy leader of the group and his father. The boy admitted it outright. My dad chose not to press charges, because the boys dad was a prominent member of the community and he wanted the boy to get help rather than punish. But the anger he showed when it happened…I knew if I told him what Leo had done, he would have strangled that old pervert with his bare hands. I wanted to save my family. But I felt like I couldn’t just sit silently with what had happened to me.

In the church, we’re taught as children to look up to our authority leaders and trust our bishops implicitly. We’re also taught to go to them first, whatever happens to us. All I could think to do was to go to my bishop. Police never even entered my mind. We aren’t taught to go to those kinds of authorities first.

I went in and told him how Leo had hurt me, how confused and in pain I was, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t come to church and avoid these people that added to my feelings of pain and shame, I didn’t know what to do. That’s when the re-traumatization began.

It started with asking me to get more and more graphic about what exactly had happened. Going over the details again and again with someone who clearly didn’t believe me and was not sensitive to my pain was deeply wounding. Soon it turned into, what was I wearing, why was I alone with him in the first place, why hadn’t I told my dad like I had the first time, was I mentally stable enough to even make an accusation or was I just lying or looking for attention, did I misinterpret his affections, did i like it, basically was I aroused (which I didn’t understand) and on…and on…and on.

I have said it before, I will say it again, and I will never stop saying it: I DON’T KNOW A SINGLE 6 YEAR OLD WHO CAN COME UP WITH A GROWN MAN’S GENITALS IN TEMPLE GARMENTS FROM IMAGINATION.

My parents were never told. He made it clear to me I was to keep this to myself, not to tell anyone what happened, and to turn to my scriptures for guidance and help. No talk of therapy, going to police, telling my parents, disciplinary actions, or help for me at all. I was a good mormon child, so I kept my silence for YEARS. Even when Leo started to stalk me, following me around and showing up at our house, and I would have full on panic attacks and sometimes just black out, I didn’t say anything. I was afraid. I didn’t think anyone would believe me.

When I was 14, I was attacked again by a female predator. I was object raped multiple times and molested, twice badly enough to cause vaginal bleeding and severe pain. I was using anything I could to escape my pain growing up a survivor and a pansexual genderqueer person in a church that didn’t want me, stalked and harassed me, persecuting me and my friends for things none of us could help. It wasn’t long before I was caught up in the chemicals this predator was feeding me to take advantage of me. I had witnesses. It went on for almost 7-8 months. I swallowed all of my pain and kept silent. Only when it was clear she intended to create another victim from a mentally challenged friend of mine that I felt enough concern to come forward once again, this time to my seminary teacher at MHS. He told me he couldn’t help me and shepherded me to the principal’s office, where police were FINALLY called, but the experience wasn’t much better than the first time. I was laughed at when I voiced my fears of being gaybashed or attacked by the church (which DID happen mere weeks later, multiple times, mostly from “good old mormon boys” in groups who would corner me on the streets between the high school, my home, and Pioneer Market in Fillmore). These mormon sheriffs were NOT interested in helping me. They were required to. I was taken to a safe house near the SLC area of Utah where I was put in a small room full of safari themed decorations and stuffed animals that all had cameras and wires in them. I was absolutely scared to death and at some point in the graphic questions they asked, I disassociated and started to black out. I just couldn’t handle it anymore. The authorities told my parents they would investigate and get ahold of them within 2 weeks. We never heard from them again. Not one phone call or letter. I found out later they asked 1 person about the incident before dropping the case entirely. The church paid for one half hour meeting with a church counselor, who compared my life to an episode of the Simpsons (being mormon I had been raised not to watch this show, so he had to explain to me how I was like Bart who had gotten a tattoo, and his sister wouldn’t stop poking the hurt spot on purpose? To this day I have no idea why he went on this tangent.), told me to stop being depressed all the time and to turn to my scriptures and my leaders if I felt bad or wanted to continue to self harm (cutting, burning, suicide attempts). He also wanted to get graphic with me, but I refused to get into the sick details unless he was interested in actually working with me. He complimented my Pink Floyd hat and sent me on my way, I never saw him again and I never got any other help from the church. If anything the church added to my pain consistently over the years and many of those member’s names are practically sewn into the scars that cover most of my body today, including those who literally shadowed me for the church for years with intent of harm.

I never lied. I never made anything up. And the worst part about my story, is that it isn’t unique. I am consciously aware every single day that I don’t just stand for myself, I stand for all the children who were abused here in this area who could not or can not stand for themselves. When I was a president of the beehives in young women’s, I had so many younger girls and boys come to me about how they had been abused and were hurting. I will never forgive myself for recommending them all to the church instead of the proper authorities, where they might have received REAL HELP.

As a result, I’ve been dedicating the last few years of my life to making things right. I’ve tried to follow up with as many cases as I can remember and make sure they are all ok. Some I wasn’t able to get to in time. But others have told me their full realized truths. Turns out, that same bishop who caused me so many problems was actively trying to molest several of my friends when we were children. A few of those same sheriffs who laughed at me were caught doing similarly heinous things. And the vast majority of those I’ve spoken with here DO NOT have good experiences from the church, just traumatic ones.

This is systematic. It’s widespread. I don’t believe it’s the minority, or certainly not in this small founder family town I have the most experience with, it’s the majority.

THIS. HAS. TO. STOP.

Now, on the Fox13 clip, I said a lot of very good things about the movement and was able to keep it together for the brief interview, but of course they just wanted the shock value little clip on my experience. The crying shot was after the matter, talking to some of the other members of the movement about the details made me lose my composure. But nothing I said was not TRUTH. It was all real.

To those who want to hate on my life story…you don’t know me. You don’t know my experiences. Not only am I not alone, I have an entire list of people who would be more than happy to corroborate. It’s just the reality of the situation. And we have ALL been quiet, kind, and considerate about it LONG ENOUGH.

If this policy doesn’t change and this church doesn’t take some serious steps to bring about transparency and reduce trauma, EXPECT US, and DON’T expect it to be kept cute for your comfort level. This is wrong. It has always been wrong, since the very beginning of Mormonism with Joseph Smith himself and 14 year old CHILDREN.

We are standing up against this kind of spiritual abuse and child abuse for all the right reasons. If you can’t see that, I don’t know how else to get through to you. As a human being, I don’t understand those who have no sympathy or compassion for this cause. But for those of you who recognize this for what it truly is, I am begging you to STAND WITH US. PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN. PROTECT EVERY SURVIVOR IN THERE. DO THE RIGHT THING.

If you’re interested in reading more true stories about abuse in the church, I highly recommend Protect LDS Children .

Livestream Coverage Of #protectldschildren #templesidechatwithanapostle Day 2

Our livestream coverage of Sam Young’s Protect LDS Children’s Temple Side Chat With An Apostle, hunger strike, and spotlight.

Standing by these warriors for the cause was an honor and a dream come true. Sam Young and McKenna Denson were phenomenal! There was some really great discussion by the group, since the apostle never showed or sent any church representation (shame on you, Soares). I openly tell a very small part of my story at the end. I felt it was important to get to some of the really sick questions and actions that have ABSOLUTELY happened to not only me, but the majority of girls I worked with as a beehive president and activist in my community.

This was by far the worst action by an outsider that happened today. A child in a wheelchair was attacked by a security guard for holding a sign a couple of feet over an arbitrary and unclear line, because she wanted to be in the shade in the awful heat of the day. He was waiting in the background for quite some time, looking for someone to attack, and decided to attack a child. in. a. wheelchair. She was visibly shaken and brought to tears. Sam Young stepped in and tried to rectify the situation positively, but I felt it was important to get her side of the story and validate what had just happened to her. I think that security guard should be absolutely ashamed of himself. There’s no excuse for that kind of behavior. That it happened right outside the Salt Lake City LDS Temple in Temple Square makes it even more atrocious.

Throwing Stones: Telling Stories Of Resilience Event Livestream!

Really great and productive event at the Library, lot of really amazing speakers and very good discussion! Glass Temples is not in our livestream as we didnt want to post anything that might be copyrighted, but there is some amazing poetry and music performances as well as an informative and enlightening Q&A and group discussion!

We will update this post with as much credit as we can gather about all the contributors as we get the information! 🙂

We’ve Got Coverage!

Incredible news.

After weeks of trying to get ANYONE to listen to us, we have finally found a champion and hero in the form of McKenna Denson. To say we are ecstatic would be an understatement. Finally, a voice for the voiceless that is standing up to the church for all the injustices it perpetrates on its own members has heard our cries and is interested in helping us not only share our stories and receive the kind of help we so desperately need, but in helping this kind of abuse stop once and for all before another woman or child is hurt. This is monumental.

For myself personally, I feel this is the moment I’ve been waiting over half my life for. After years of being silenced and trapped in the dark underbelly of the church, the truth is shining its light brighter than ever in spite of it all, and it is the most validating and healing feeling I’ve ever experienced. To all the nay-sayers calling for me to “stop my personal vendetta” because “religion”, I have only a few things to say to you. You can call what I’m doing whatever you like and believe what you want. The truth will set every one of us free, and the same goes for this religion. If you have nothing to hide or cover up, nothing I’m saying or doing should bother you to the point of attacking me or any of the women I work with. If you care about this church as much as you say you do, the same issues I have should be just as important to you, because they’re effectively destroying the thing you love so much, and we had nothing to do with it. We were the victims, not the villains. We’re doing this, not because of vendettas, but because we see these problems we suffered ourselves and we want to do everything in our power to stop it from ever happening again. If you can’t accept that… It says more about you than any of the brave women fighting in you and your families names.

This is the beginning of a whole new age, and I welcome it with an open heart and mind.

Just a quick update, we are working on a lot of interviews with people who have experienced abuse within the church and encourage anyone who wants to be heard, whether anonymously or not, to get in contact with us. We’re also working on launching a YouTube series dealing directly with a lot of this material that we hope will eventually become a documentary.

I’ve decided to leave my personal email here in case anyone is having issues getting ahold of me more directly as well. I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

juwana.mann081@gmail.com

Help Us!

Help us get the medias attention and bring the truth into the light, let’s go viral and #protectldschildren! Let’s keep the discussion and the movement for change going! All support appreciated!

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Contact us at http://www.thecolorofdestruction.com or at anticultchrist@thecolorofdestruction.com if you want to tell your story too!

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#whataboutkeithgillins

Independent Media: A Call For Coverage!

My name is Joanna. I am a 26 year old exmormon living in Fillmore, the first capitol of Utah and the very heart of both the state and the lds church. If you’ve been following any religious news out of Utah recently, you’re probably aware of the Stop Protecting Sexual Predators protest that happened live in general conference just a matter of days ago that has started an entire movement to #protectldschildren. This movement is having a hard time getting any mainstream media attention because of the insurmountable control Mormons have on all forms of media and narrative in Utah. It has also coincided with the now public case of McKenna Denson ( reference article: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/04/05/woman-accusing-missionary-training-center-president-of-rape-stands-in-front-of-cameras-to-say-she-is-a-victim/ ), and comes not long after the now public and notorious BYU rape policies and treatments of victims.

This highly secretive cult has never been properly investigated or exposed in DECADES, and this includes the Romney race as well as the public case and arrest of fundamentalist lds leader Warren Jeffs. The mainstream Mormon Church has perpetuated serious cases of abuse, manipulation, harassment, assault, and has always managed to cover it up enough to defy any real media attention.

I am dedicated to changing this, and it’s for this and many other reasons I’ve decided to make my own story, as well as several other key accounts and testimonies, public for the first time, no matter the personal cost. This is too important of an issue that no one is addressing to maintain the silence any longer. I fully expect the church to come after not only me, but my family and loved ones, in an effort to silence me yet again. And this time I plan to be fully prepared. But I know that no amount of trying to tell truth to power will matter here in the face of the formidable Mormon media. Which is why I am sending this information out into the world, specifically for independent media and journalists, in hopes these true stories and testimonies like this will be at least considered and can be honestly accurately reported to a public audience we alone could never hope to reach that could affect real change.

Let me be clear, we are not doing this out of a sense of revenge or malice, but out of a sincere and desperate attempt to stop the kind of atrocities that happened to us from every happening to anyone else, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN, ever again.
We’ve all tried at various times throughout our lives to have these abuses and issues reported and handled, and have been consistently met with opposition from every level of power in our communities, from police officers to bishoprics, teachers to therapists, and even government officials.

A clear cut example, one of the immediately provable and public cases, is with our high school English teacher at Millard High School until 09, Keith Gillins. He was caught groping an underage student in Beaver UT, but instead of facing serious time or even revoking his teaching license, he was simply fired and then moved one county over to Millard County. While living here, he was an English teacher, a coach, a bishop, AND the MAYOR for 12 years. While in his class, we all witnessed his very creepy and stalker-ish behavior with underage girls, especially if they were athletes or participated in his pet hobbies like student government. In 2009, during his English class, the topic of conversation came to gay marriage and the Mormons hand in prop 8. He proceeded to go on an angry homophobic rant out of nowhere in which he used the slur “those damn queers”, causing another student to burst into tears. I was the only student who stood up to him, which was unheard of in our small town, and I immediately left the class with my fellow student to file a report and demand something be done or he be fired. He was reprimanded lightly and put on watch, but I was told to go back to class and not speak of it again. Only a few weeks later, he was FINALLY found in a compromising position with an underage student, and enough people that weren’t influenced by him were paying enough attention to him after the incident with me, that charges were filed and both the church and the state stopped trying to protect him. The underage girl, however, was practically run from town and ostracized for being, to the Mormons, “a whore”, despite her own father’s public testimony about how Gillins groomed her for 2 years with leadership positions, special privileges, gifts and even a special phone for her calls only, making her believe he truly loved her and would leave his wife before he destroyed her life and moved on to the next kid. He eventually pleaded guilty to 3 first degree felonies – – 2 attempted rapes and attempted sodomy, and 2 counts forcible sex abuse, but even then that was shaved down from a minimum of 15 verifiable instances. And we ALL knew she wasn’t the only one. But as soon as the story hit Utah local news (for all of a few days), many of the adults, especially those in the church, argued that she, the underage girl, was responsible for what happened to her while excusing his abhorrent behaviors. Once that happened, every single one of his other victims chose silence over persecution and harassment from their own neighbors and communities.
(reference articles : https://www.ksl.com/?sid=7598927
http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/ci_13455017 )

This sick way of thinking is still VERY prevalent throughout the lds community and the state of Utah. The evidence of this also can be easily found just by looking again at this last week’s general conference, in which Elder Quentin L. Cook, when trying to talk about the #MeToo movement, referred to rape, sexual assault, and molestation as “nonconsensual immorality”. The full quote is:
“It is commendable that nonconsensual immorality has been exposed and denounced. Such nonconsensual immorality is against the laws of God and of society. Those who understand God’s plan should also oppose consensual immorality, which is also a sin.”

It’s these ways of speaking about rape and sexual violence that leads to women being treated as less than even second class citizens in many ways in Mormon communities, empowering men to get away with an enormous amount of wrong, and leaving those who have been victimized terrified to come forward and stop this from happening again. The few and far between cases that get ANY public attention are also very carefully monitored, edited, and censored because of the church. Even Elizabeth Smart, the teenage Mormon girl that was kidnapped and held hostage for 8 months by a religious fanaticist while the entire country looked for her, has publicly talked about the “chewed gum” culture that many Mormons are taught to perpetuate, that basically compares any woman, whether victim or not, that has experienced anything sexual before marriage as forever “ruined” pre-chewed gum. Not only does this thinking influence how people treat lds women, but it also highly influenced how people here treat children that are adopted, especially if it can be proven the child was born out of wedlock. I have personally witnessed and been the victim of the churchs practice of pressuring unwed pregnant Mormon girls to either get rid of it or adopt it out, just to try and avoid the treatment and tortures other children and their parents would inflict on the baby if the mothers kept it. My own birth mother gave me up at birth for this exact reason, because my birth grandfather was Mormon and related to fundamentalist polygamist groups in Washington state, near where the Blackmore polygamists settled after breaking away from the Jeff’s FLDS. Children put up for adoption from these communities are very hard to place with families honestly, because of the notorious health issues and “child graveyards” (reference article to FLDS child cemeteries : https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/qkgymp/tiny-tombstones-inside-the-flds-graveyard-for-babies-born-from-incest ). My birth mother became pregnant out of wedlock and felt pressured to give me up, but she specifically wanted me to go to a catholic or atheist family to get me out of Mormonism. However, after 4 families in a row fell through so close to my due date, the lawyer over my case made the conscious decision not to inform the family that did end up adopting me where I came from, as well as failing to disclose to my birth mother that the only family left willing to take me was Mormon, and so I ended up going from fundamentalists in Washington to mainstream Mormons in the very center of the most Mormon place on the planet. My entire life was rife with abuses and atrocities, many of which the church had a firm hand in, but no matter the situation, I was always the one eventually saddled with the blame and responsibility of the actions of those around me or to me, and the church all but refused to really help me. While the list of injustices could go on for pages and pages, the best single example I could illustrate to help you understand where we’re coming from happened in 2007-2008. I was being drugged and sexually assaulted by a female friend I trusted, and while she abused me steadily for 8 months, on at least a minimum of 2 separate witness verified occasions, one on high school property, her assaults were violent and sexual enough to cause me significant bleeding in my private areas from penetration of foreign objects. The only reason the abuse stopped is because after I confronted her about it, she immediately moved on to her next target, who had a mental disability and couldn’t understand what she was trying to do to him. It was when I witnessed her planning to hurt others that I came forward to my school’s LDS seminary teacher, thinking he and the church would surely help and support me on this. After shepherding my accusations and complaints to the front office, I was told to leave church property. I was immediately interrogated with the principal and a room full of male policemen who all had bad history with me, and I was forced to try and relive the moments I could consciously remember everything that had been done to me or I had been told someone witnessed in front of them. One of the officers even laughed at me when I voiced my fears of retaliation and even being gay bashed for something I couldn’t control by members of her family that were reported to be in a gang for coming forward about it all. I was taken out of school to a safe house to be interviewed the next day, but a lot of what happened to me wasn’t even asked about. After the whole thing was over, I was told the case would go to court and the church would help me seek a permanent therapist and real counseling. Neither of those things happened. I was later told that, female on female sexual violence isn’t considered rape, and even if there was penetration, what happened wasn’t that bad and I just needed to learn to get over it. I saw a church therapist for ONE half hour session in which he related my life to an episode of the Simpsons, and when asked what I should do about my severe depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation and self mutilation that was all occurring specifically because of this incident, I was told to turn to my scriptures and “stop being so sad all the time”. No talk of further sessions, medication, or any other assistance. This is just one in an entire series of events that, unfortunately, are anything but rare or uncommon here. And those that speak out or try to do something about it are threatened with excommunication, banishment, losing their families, and all kinds of consequences. The rampant sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and cult like behaviors of this church NEED to be investigated. These people’s stories NEED to be heard. If for no other reason than to get the discussion going so we can stop this from happening to SO MANY KIDS in the future. This affects people on every single level of life here, but it’s completely hidden, covered up, and justified or explained away, and we can’t in good conscience stay silent and not do everything we can to help the women, children, and victims finally be free from this toxic and controlling institution and environment.

These stories should be heard. This kind of systematic abuse goes far deeper than I think anyone even realizes. The number of recorded accounts of church leaders saying and doing these kinds of injustices are starting to pop up all over YouTube. As a fundamentalist descendant who was even given a leadership position in the churchs youth at one time, and my partner in this projects direct lineage from Joseph Smith himself and raised by a wanted polygamist in a mainstream Mormon community, our stories and experiences carry real weight. Although they’ve never been made public, they are important and they matter. I witnessed the beatings, the verbal and mental abuse, and when we tried to go to DCFS and the authorities after they beat her in front of me as a kid, they didn’t even bother with a proper investigation and demanded her to return to the home. A few years and many incidents later, they were assaulted and became pregnant. Over halfway through the pregnancy, 3 of their family members, one armed with a golf club, attacked them in their home all at once, punching their stomach, trying to murder the “produced out of wedlock” and unborn child. When they attempted to flee and were followed, they tried to defend themselves and the police were called. When the authorities arrived, instead of being worried about this singular pregnant persons safety, they instead purposefully tased them, causing a full blown seizure and uncontrollable soiling of themselves, then placed this person in handcuffs and picked them up so roughly it dislocated both of their shoulders, before being trotted out in front of their home and publicly humiliated in front of the entire town for an hour, ALL WHILE BEING OVER SEVERAL MONTHS PREGNANT. They were publicly humiliated in front of friends and family while barefoot, pregnant, covered in their own piss that they refused to let them change out of, and with both shoulders dislocated and the taser prongs embedded in their back, which they later elected to rip out of the flesh without medical assistance. This is just one example of many of the kinds of wrongs we have suffered with in silence for our entire lives with nothing being actually done OR EVEN REPORTED about it.

Our full accounts and testimonies will be recorded and spread publicly as soon as we can get some proper media representation, and it’s because of this I’m writing this more detailed description of the kind of content our stories contain in hopes of getting the word out to as many interested sources as possible, but it’s going to take social media and the help and support of people like YOU to get this into the public eye and reach the people whose lives this will make a difference for. It only takes a couple of seconds to share this post and website with the world. Help our cause go viral so we can #protectldschildren and #stopprotectingsexualpredators once and for all!

Progress!

My story as an adopted FLDS descendant and the story of a direct descendant of Joseph Smith and a polygamous guardian, how we survived the Mormon Church and all the wrongs they perpetrated against us in the very heart of both Utah and Mormonism, especially as children, is almost ready to be told. Our stories are rife with abuse, persecution, and how the church not only knowingly helped cover up what happened to us, but persecuted and harassed us for over 20 years, much of which came from circumstances neither of us could help or control. What happened to us was sick, wrong and should never have happened to ANYONE,, let alone children. Our lives were STOLEN from us by this cult. But now is the time to tell the truth about what really goes on in these closed communities. If we can save even ONE kid from facing the kind of hell we walked through to get here today, it will be worth it.

If they’re coming for me, I’m not going out in silence. Stay tuned.

#stopprotectingsexualpredators #SPSP #MeToo #mormonmetoo #protectldschildren #anticult #exmormon #whataboutkeithgillins