The Mormon Church is denouncing claims that they used a victims’ hotline to hide reports of sexual abuse.
On Friday, a Church spokesperson slammed an article published by Vice News, which questioned whether a 24-hour abuse help line was effective in supporting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.
‘Abuse is taken very seriously by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,’ the spokesperson said.
‘The Church has invested heavily in resources and training, including the help line, to prevent, combat and address abuse’.
The helpline is available to its 30,000 bishops and 3,000 stake presidents so that they can report suspected cases of criminal behavior.
But, earlier this week, Vice published its bombshell article alleging that the hotline may actually be used ‘to shield the Mormon Church from potential lawsuits that pose a financial threat to them’.