Natasha Helfer Parker interviews a powerhouse panel: Donna Kelly, a Salt Lake City based prosecutor who focuses on sexual assault and domestic violence cases; Kristine Haglund, previous editor for LDS magazine Dialogue and author of an article in Religion & Politics addressing this topic; and Colleen Payne Dietz, a sexual assault survivor. They discuss the situation that started spring of 2016 when Madi Barney filed a federal complaint against BYU-Provo in regards to how sexual assault cases are handled in regards to Title IV protocol with the Honor Code Department becoming involved with often academic and spiritual consequences doled out to victims who report assault. As a result, BYU did an internal study/investigation and came forward with recommendations that would be implemented immediately. Since then, BYU has made some recent decisions with staff that BYU assault survivors are upset about and claim do not follow the recommendations put forth. A group of them wrote a letter to the BYU president addressing their concerns, which was published in the Salt Lake Tribune. This is an incredibly important topic to keep in the forefront of discussions happening within our LDS culture.
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Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith, runs Mormon Sex Info and is the current president for the Mormon Mental Health Association.