- The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This petition is not meant to disparage the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or its leaders in anyway. Rather, its purpose is to call for major changes to one particular practice.
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For decades, it has been common place for Bishops and other local leaders to pose questions of a sexual nature to children. There are reports of this happening to children as young as age 8. These questions are being asked by an older man, all alone with the child, behind closed doors and often without the knowledge or permission of the parents. Almost universally, these men have no comprehensive training.
Here is a list of potential harm. All the risks below are actual consequences that have been experienced from sexually oriented interviews with LDS children.
2. Attempted suicide.
3. Suicidal ideation.
4. Inappropriate shame and guilt.
5. Childhood filled with self loathing.
6. Adulthood filled with self loathing.
7. Normalizing children to sexual questions by adult men. (Grooming)
8. Sexual abuse. (Pedophilia)
9. Impaired sexual relations after marriage.
10. Years of recovery from childhood shaming. Often lasting decades.
Society-at-large recognizes that the Mormon practice of sexual interviews with children is wholly inappropriate. It's a dangerous and damaging practice.
It's time for us, as Mormons, and friends of Mormons, to stand up for our children...to stand up and require that children be protected.
We call on the LDS Church to immediately cease the practice of subjecting children to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature. This applies to all children up to and including age 17. There should be no one-on-one interviews with children. A parent or other trusted adult of the child's choosing is to be present.
We call on the LDS Church to publicly disavow this practice.
We call on the LDS Church to ensure that all congregational leaders, as well the general membership, are informed that this practice is prohibited.
The Protect The Children--Stop Sexually Explicit Interviews of Mormon Youth petition to The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was written by Sam Young and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.