086: Exploring Effectiveness of Preventing Child Abuse

12493903_10208694252819592_5517052745264837126_o156135_10150090748636183_2870895_nNatasha 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.

CDC: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

NAASCA – National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse 

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative

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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6 comments for “086: Exploring Effectiveness of Preventing Child Abuse

  1. Gina C
    February 7, 2016 at 12:58 am

    At one time, there was a Facebook support group for LDS adults who were traumatized during the one-on-one worthiness issues with a member of their bishopric or stake presidency. It looks like there has been no activity there for the past couple of years. Do you know of any LDS-specifice groups such as the one I described? Thank you!

    • Amy
      February 7, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Mormon Child Abuse Support Group is a FB group.

  2. trish
    February 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    LDS Social Services – now known as LDS Family Services would be a great place to find data on the instances of sexual abuse in the church in the areas their employees serve. I was married to a “marriage counselor” 25 years ago – and he said 30 years ago that as I looked at each congregation there were one or more practicing abusers in the audience at any time. He could count himself as one of them, as it turns out – so his numbers may have been skewed – but, in the professional organization which was in place to deal with sexual abuse issues, there was plenty of data which could be analyzed by trained professionals to easily support claims. This same data was available to whoever wrote the “gold standard” piece referred to in this podcast. I do wonder if it was considered before such great things were stated in regard to how the church protects it’s most vulnerable population.

  3. John
    February 23, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I think the biggest problem of the LDS church is to think they’re the only true, real and only church, because when you think that way, you see yourself as special, the elite, even perfect, the only true millenial, the only true disciple, the only true prophet, the only true God. And when you think you’re perfect, you have a really hard time to even realize, that there are problems within your walls. The church doesn’t talk about problems in general, no talk about the essays, controversial past, not even mother in heaven, no talk about child abuse, because if they talk about it, members would realize that the Church is not that perfect after all, and that’s not the image that they want us to have. They want us to have the image of a perfect church, isn’t that what we say all the time anyway “The church is perfect, the members are not”.

    This PR piece’s purpose is to maintain an image of a perfect church. Its goal is to reinforce the idea of a perfect church to their audience, the faithful LDS members, the TBMs. I don’t think that this PR piece is intended to any other audience because other audiences understand the ridiculousness of the “gold standard” assertion. Only faithful members, trusting perfect prophets who can’t lead the church astray, would be proud to read this PR piece, because it comforts and strengthen their testimony that the church is true, because we’re the gold standard and we do more than any other church. “Of course, we do more than any other church, we are the church of God after all. ” This is what is going in the minds of TBMs who are oblivious to social issues within the church.

  4. John
    February 23, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I have never listened to a talk, have a lesson as young men, even talked about this subject as a young men president. Never been trained about that, never heard that it was even a problem. If there is a 1 minute line about child abuse in general conference (during a 20 minute talk), the prophet must obviously speak about other churches, about “the World”, that’s what I have sometimes thought. “It’s not about the church, the church is perfect after all”

  5. March 4, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Great interview, Chanson, and nice to hear your cufreehl voice. Liked the part about meat eating. Apparently some Mormons haven’t digested (no pun intended) that part of the WoW yet. Could be because the word “meat” also takes such a long time to digest? I’ve always thought this one of the great ironies of Mormonism, considering D&C 89. Bjorn picked it up immediately at the picnic he and his wife attended. I think the interview goes a long way to dispelling the notion of the angry anti-ex-Mormon. Really, what is there to be angry about when you discover true freedom to make your own life choices, including whether to continue being angry, or not? I choose the positive (yet don’t shirk from what I think is worthwhile criticism), and I think that far more people will listen to ex-Mormons, including Mormons, when they can present themselves as actually enjoying their choice to leave the fold, not worried about going to a mythical Hades, and even speaking positively but realistically of their former faith. All I can say after that interview is that I feel proud of you. Encore! We need a lot more of it. Where is your next appearance?

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