Mormon Women March and Stand for Virtue

I had the amazing honor and privilege to be able to attend the Women’s March in Washington DC in January with a wonderful group of Mormon women (women who ranged from fully active in our church community to those who have resigned or no longer attend but still honor their Mormon roots and heritage). We [Read More…]

Post-Election Support

My colleague, Isa Bischoff Jones, reached out to me a day after we had received the news of the USA elections result and shared with me some of her concerns and the distress she was seeing with many of her clients — an experience I was also having with mine. We decided to host a [Read More…]

Hope for Sexual Assault Victims at BYU

I am extremely heartened by the changes we have seen announced last week, October 26, by Brigham Young University after an investigation was launched into how they were previously handling cases of sexual assault.  Among some of the most important changes: Title IX workers, who help provide services to sexual assault victims, will be located [Read More…]

Trump Triggering PTSD in Sexual Assault Victims

As a therapist, I have never before taken a public stance on who people should vote for within the political spectrum. This year that has drastically changed — and I am not alone: America’s Therapists Are Worried About Trump’s Effect on Your Mental Health. I was taking a stance against Trump long before the Washington Post [Read More…]

“Virtue” Reclaimed

I remember being taught in YW and Sunday school as a youth that it would be better to die than live as a rape victim or have sex outside of marriage. That I should defend my virtue “even unto death”. That is so messed up. I’m glad to see the change in the Young Women’s [Read More…]

No Repentance Needed for Abuse Survivors!!

A friend shared this talk, Healing the Tragic Scars of Abuse by Elder Richard G. Scott, in a FB group I’m a part of and was confused by it. I wondered what you thought. This is a group that supports survivors of childhood abuse.  I believe there are many who have experienced abuse who find this [Read More…]

Spiritual Thoughts for Victims

In light of all of the news stories that have been circulating – and how difficult it must be for many of our own wounded members who have been affected by the criminal travesties of sexual assault to read through the articles, relive some of their own experiences and often, see very hurtful comments (even [Read More…]

News of BYU Rape Policies are Triggering Me….

About 10 years ago I was attending BYU-Provo and found myself in a situation where I had accepted an invitation to go to my date’s apartment.  We had been on several dates by this time, and I felt like I could trust him.  We ended up making out in his room, which I really liked [Read More…]

Voices of Child Abuse Survivors – Day 5

For whatever reason, an article that was published by the Church in 2010 titled Effectiveness of Church Approach to Preventing Child Abuse reemerged on the LDS newsroom on February 1, making many believe this was a new release.  The Church is stating this was a technical glitch and not purposeful from their end.  Regardless, the reemergence of [Read More…]

Voices of Child Abuse Survivors – Day 4

For whatever reason, an article that was published by the Church in 2010 titled Effectiveness of Church Approach to Preventing Child Abuse reemerged on the LDS newsroom on February 1, making many believe this was a new release.  The Church is stating this was a technical glitch and not purposeful from their end.  Regardless, the reemergence of [Read More…]