Skip to comments.Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Mormon Church
Posted on 05/04/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
Tyler contends she was sexually abused at least once a week. And that after she became pregnant, the lawsuit claims that the missionary paid for her to go to New York, where he attempted to cause her to miscarry "by physically abusing her body."
Tyler told the local bishop of the alleged abuse, her attorney Michael J. Kinslow said Friday, adding that rather than report the incident to authorities the bishop sought to send Tyler "out of the area and take the child from her and give it to another Mormon couple to raise."
Tyler "refused that plan," Kinslow said. "She has raised the young man and he is now 27 years old. He and mom are still in contact, and he understands that this is his mother, and that this is the person who has loved him throughout his life. It could have been a very different story if she had followed the plans of the church."
The missionary, described only as being in his 20s at the time, began working for a Mormon church in Palm Desert near where Tyler and her family lived, according to Kinslow.
According to state civil codes, the defendants are not named in the suit because a judge has to determine, as part of the legal process, whether the suit's allegations are valid. Once a judge has determined the suit has merit then the names of the defendants can be made public.
Also according to state civil codes, sexual abuse claims such as this one can be made years after the alleged abuse took place. The plaintiff must lodge the suit within three years of determining that she suffers from psychological damage caused by the alleged abuse.
Tyler, according to her suit, "continues to suffer great pain of mind and body, shock, emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, discharge, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life; (she has been) prevented and will continue to be prevented from performing ... daily activities and obtaining the full enjoyment of life."
"These things are very difficult, and there is a lot of humiliation, a lot of shame and a lot of fear that is put in to you," Tyler, 42, said Friday. "Because of the nature of crime, people are afraid to come forward, and when I did come forward, there was failure to act on multiple levels."
A representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could not be reached for comment Friday.
"The LDS church issued a statement about the abuse and its role in bringing Susan Brock to justice, noting that "[bishops Meyers and Hansen] were instrumental in getting the matter reported to law enforcement authorities." In reality, Meyers and Hansen did nothing to get the matter reported to law enforcement.
"I have seen no evidence to support that any member of the LDS church either in Arizona or globally has contacted the Chandler Police Department," Officer Perez notes in his report.
The police finally were called when the victim's father got "tired of waiting" for church leaders to do something, and called them himself.
Organized religion any one ?
Not them nice neighbors...
OMW, I know this girl and that is the ward I went to when I first joined. I also know the bishop and a member of the High Council about that time and I do know they covered up rapes in the church of adult women.
perhaps of interest to you.
If she’s the girl I remember, I went to Desert Chapel with her before we went to Nellie Coffman. I wonder if her lawyer knows about the other incidents in the ward at that time.
I’m not Mormon.
Jeff Head is LDS, Jeff Chandler is not
I’m not LSD, either.
LOL. Same difference. I did a little too much LDS in the 80’s
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