Sexual Assault

October 19, 2020 06:44 PM MDT
In a new video published by the Church, a woman named Rebekah shares how her world was turned upside down when she discovered that she had been abandoned by her birth father before she was born. Already facing an identity crisis from this news, things took an even worse turn after she was sexually assaulted by someone she trusted deeply. It was then that she began feeling like the world—and God—were against her.
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October 19, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
As a mental health professional, I find myself helping individuals at crossroads in their lives as they seek to understand various emotions and events that have taken place or are taking place. No matter what path my clients might be facing, through the lens of our Savior Jesus Christ’s teachings, I have gained a deep understanding that the first step in the healing and self-acceptance process is the gift of love—love that invites each child of God to trust, hope, and seek spiritual guidance, self-acceptance, and, when appropriate, accountability. Jesus Christ, although He taught the masses, made it a priority to focus on the individual based on where they were or are today and why they sought Him or seek Him. Our Savior made it clear in His teaching that all types of abuse are not appropriate, both through His words and actions. It was Christ who stepped forward to stop stonings and mistreatments during His earthly ministry, and it was Christ who stepped forward to love and help those in need. The Church’s recent efforts to provide training and awareness about abuse for youth teachers make it clear that this is an important topic for us to know and understand. Here a few more insights to help us better support with love those who have faced sexual assault or abuse.
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December 21, 2018 02:09 PM MST
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By  LDS Living
May 23, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
After going to see a seemingly safe kids movie with her family, LDS mom Terina Maldonado was disturbed by the messages it shared, so she decided to do something about it. About the movie, Show Dogs, Maldonado writes, "What could have been solely a fun movie for kids that would get my highest recommendation is damaged by a dark and disturbing message hidden, not so subtly between the fluffy dogs and glamorous parties of the show dog lifestyle."
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March 23, 2018 09:36 PM MDT
On March 23, the Church updated its statement about a former Church mission president who committed sexual assault:
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March 20, 2018 06:38 PM MDT
The Church released a statement on mormonnewsroom.org Tuesday regarding allegations that a former president of the Provo Missionary Training Center sexually assaulted a female missionary.
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January 30, 2018 07:45 PM MST
“Unfortunately, people around us, even those closest to us like our family, dating partners and friends, sometimes use their agency to act in ways that injure us,” Professor Benjamin M. Ogles said. “To those who have had traumatic experiences, please know there are people, many people, who are concerned for your welfare, and many people who have experienced on a personal level what you have experienced. You are not alone."
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November 16, 2017 02:42 PM MST
While 97 percent of students at BYU felt the school does a good job with student safety, a new survey reveals BYU needs to make a better effort of informing students about sexual assault. These conversations reach much farther than just a university campus, however. How can we better speak out and inform our children about sexual assault?
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By  LDS Living
October 25, 2017 01:32 PM MDT
LDS artist Nadia Khristean creates music to raise awareness for social causes she feels passionate about. Recently, she performed an emotional cover of Demi Lovato's "Warrior" to capture her feelings of the #MeToo campaign, which brings to light voices of women who have been sexually harassed or abused.
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October 23, 2017 05:17 PM MDT
"We’re here and we’re talking about big, dark, scary issues, issues that we don’t want to talk about," Elizabeth Smart said as she joined Deondra Brown from The 5 Browns to share their stories of sexual abuse and survival.
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September 20, 2017 02:05 PM MDT
Editor's note: The following story discusses rape, sexual assault, and kidnapping and might be disturbing for some readers.
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June 26, 2017 01:39 PM MDT
BYU-Provo, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, and the LDS Business College have all adopted a new amnesty policy for witnesses and student survivors of sexual assault.
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April 07, 2017 12:07 PM MDT
Over the last six months, BYU has changed policies, implemented new programs, and hired new staff to help improve how they handle sexual assault reporting. And it looks like their efforts are making an impact.
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October 26, 2016 02:22 PM MDT
In a letter sent out to students, faculty, and staff at Brigham Young University, the President's Council announced that it will implement 23 changes based on recommendations from the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault.
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September 22, 2016 02:59 PM MDT
"[V]iolence toward women is not limited to times of war. Instances of female genital mutilation, removal of bodily appendages, and honor killings persist during times of 'peace.' Women also are exploited by pornography, sex trafficking, baby farming, and slavery operations," Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said in his introduction to aspeech he gave on September 11.
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September 02, 2016 01:30 PM MDT
Recently, in an interview with Broadly, Elizabeth Smart shared some of the unintentional but devastating and potentially crippling side effects that can result from the way Mormon culture addresses chastity.
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August 19, 2016 06:48 PM MDT
Disclaimer: The following content contains subjects that may be troubling for some readers regarding rape, abduction, and pornography.
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August 09, 2016 12:56 PM MDT
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation into the way BYU responds to reports of sexual assault. If found to be out of compliance, BYU's ability to provide federal financial aid to students could be at risk.
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June 02, 2016 05:20 PM MDT
What a powerfully honest story that demonstrates how the Atonement really can heal all wounds. And what a beautiful truth: "Because of the Book of Mormon and restored gospel, my life went from broken and unorganized, to imperfectly beautiful. Discovering the restored gospel helped me see that I would never have to do hard things alone."
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May 27, 2016 12:40 PM MDT
Former BYU student Elizabeth Smart interviewed two BYU graduates in her first turn as a correspondent for the Fox TV show Crime Watch Daily. The graduates said they were raped while they were students and then were investigated by the Honor Code Office.
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May 20, 2016 12:41 PM MDT
The Churchrecently released a statement, responding to inflammatory and even misleading media coverage focusing on sexual assault on BYU's campus.
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April 20, 2016 02:59 PM MDT
After a recent sexual assault case at Brigham Young University, there has been a lot of attention regarding the university's policy and how it might affect the victims of sexual assault. In response to this increased attention, Brigham Young Universtiy released this video where President Kevin J. Worthen explains the reason for the policies in place at BYU.
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