http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/e ... hild-abuse
Just when I thought it couldn't get worse.
To me, it feels like the Church is on a defensive kick right now. This one is upsetting to me. It would be one thing to be defending the Church against allegations that it doesn't do enough to prevent abuse. It's another to go out there and claim they are the world's "gold standard" for how Churches deal with abuse.
The Church has long had a highly effective approach for preventing and responding to abuse. In fact, no religious organization has done more. Although no one system is perfect and no single program will work with every organization, the Church’s approach is the gold standard.
While clergy-abuse cases continue to grab headlines, the Church has had almost no child abuse problems with its clergy.
The Church fully supports compliance with child abuse reporting laws and regularly encourages members to report. The suggestion that the Church instructs members to keep abuse issues solely within the Church is false.
The Church is one of the only religious organizations that actively disfellowships or excommunicates ordinary members for child abuse.
I'm not saying the Church is horrible and enables all forms of child abuse. There are some protections there--in theory. I know of too, too many situations which contradict the grand narrative this essay is trying to sell.One final point: The Church has not taken these measures to protect its reputation but to protect children.
This is a touchy subject for me and has been for awhile. I've watched conference before, counting the times they referenced the evils of abuse vs. immodesty and same-sex relationships (whether said directly and implied). I bet you can guess which ones pop up more.
P.S. Is it just me or does this feel like it was written by a college freshman who's just learning how to write a persuasive/defensive paper? Seriously. The "The Church has not taken these measures to protect its reputation" is awful writing. Eek. That's like lesson 101. That's like writing, "I am not a crook."