Mormon rape case puts spotlight on religion’s controversial abuse investigation policies
SALT LAKE CITY — A day after suing the LDS Church and its former Missionary Training Center president for alleged rape, McKenna Denson held a press conference Thursday to publicly tell her story.
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Meanwhile, her attorneys and a legal expert described the legal hurdles to making a 34-year-old case with an 85-year-old defendant and a 90-year-old key witness to what generally would be a privileged confession.
“It’s always difficult to bring these cases so long after the fact, said her attorney, Craig Vernon.
Denson alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday night in U.S. District Court that former Provo MTC president Joseph Bishop raped her while she was a missionary there in January 1984. She also claimed that a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knew that Bishop had allegedly engaged in previous sexual misconduct and should have prevented him from taking his role at the MTC.
Denson said Bishop began to groom her for sexual abuse on the day she arrived at the MTC, singling her out among the other 1,200 missionaries and calling her out of class multiple times to have sexually explicit conversations about his wife and her childhood abuse at the hands of a violent stepfather.
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