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Seven years of sex abuse: How Mormon officials let it happen

When we know better we must do better. Religions and churches do not get a pass when they protect perpetrators and themselves at the expense of children. The magnitude of the damage to these children is hard to fathom.

It is a terrible truth that churches go to great lengths to hide abuse and shame victims to protect their own interests. Such seems the case reported by the AP where a help line was called rather than the police.

“The help line is certainly there to help — to help the church keep its secrets and to cover up abuse,” said Craig Vernon, an Idaho attorney who has filed several sex abuse lawsuits against the church.

Vernon, a former member, routinely demands that the church require bishops to report sex abuse to police or state authorities rather than the help line.

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