794+ reports of sexual abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


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Know an LDS sex abuse perpetrator? Report them to FLOODLIT

You can report an LDS sexual predator or sexual abuser to us, and we’ll review the case for inclusion in our database.

Reporting is anonymous by default, but if you leave your contact information, we’ll try to follow up to make sure we’ve got the details right.

 

LDS sexual abuse news

  • May 13, 2024Abraham Cruz, a Mormon missionary, was arrested in Saratoga Springs, Utah on suspicion of sexual assault.
  • Apr. 5, 2024 – Updated world map of places where LDS church members allegedly committed sex crimes or failed to help abuse survivors. View full map
  • Mar. 22, 2024 – Mitchell McKee (Mitch McKee) has been arrested. Case report
  • Mar. 13, 2024John Goodrich has been arrested. Case report
  • Mar. 12, 2024 – updated resource: 100+ documented cases where Mormon leaders allegedly failed to report sexual abuse to law enforcement.
  • Mar. 1, 2024 – New resource: child sexual abuse in LDS church buildings, including chapels. 28+ documented cases, 65+ victims, 100s of times that we’ve documented as of March 2024. The LDS church has paid such victims a total of $7.3+ million.
  • More news »

 

Personal message from Jane and Charlie, FLOODLIT.org creators

In a Kansas case we reported on today, the abuser was a Mormon church member who allegedly preyed on girls for decades. He accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, so that prosecutors would dismiss counts of rape and sodomy.

The victim’s mother said during the 2019 sentencing:

“My daughter is hurt … She’s angry at the world. She’s self-harming. She’s in middle school where she’s ridiculed by her peers. She mistrusts family members, who don’t understand why she’s acting out, which leads to further anger and trauma. She can’t quiet the memory of a childhood robbed from her.”

The abuser would be eligible for parole in 25 years, the woman said, but her daughter “will still be serving a sentence he forced on her at age 8.”

We feel this mother summed up what so many sexual abuse survivors have to go through for the rest of their lives.

If you’re an abuse survivor, we want you to know it’s okay to be angry. It’s normal and natural.

You’re not wrong if you choose not to forgive.

You’re not sinning if you choose not to trust.

And nothing that others did to you will ever make you unworthy of love.

THE ABUSE WAS NOT YOUR FAULT.

Even though LDS leaders have taught that abuse victims can be responsible for their abuse, you are not to blame – not even a little bit, not even at all.

If you, like the victim’s mother described her, ever feel like you “can’t quiet the memory of a childhood robbed from” you, or a future robbed from you, we want you to know that you’re not alone, we see you, we hear you, and we honor you.

May your light never be hidden.

– Jane and Charlie

 

LDS sexual abuse map

International map of locations where active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints perpetrated or allegedly perpetrated sexual abuse or other sex crimes, or where LDS leaders failed or allegedly failed to help abuse survivors.