Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Lisa Butterworth, founder of Feminist Mormon Housewives, and Mica McGriggs who serves on the FMH Board of Directors. Lisa is currently completing her Masters in Counseling at Idaho State University and Mica is a PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology at Brigham Young University.
All three women discuss some positive, but mainly concerning aspects regarding the LDS article titled: Effectiveness of Church Approach to Preventing Child Abuse. The Church has stated that this article was published in 2010 but showed up on the LDS newsroom page on Feb 1, 2016 due to a technical error. Many assumed this was a new release, and very quickly there was much discussion, concern and hurt being shared by trauma victims within the LDS community in social media sites and other internet spaces. This event has highlighted the pivotal importance for further dialogue, and increased efforts towards more effective means for child abuse prevention and appropriate responses to such events when they occur within the Mormon community.
Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to Brian Dillman for audio production of this podcast. Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.
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