The Historic March for the Children

Lion Protecting CubsToday, we officially announce our March for the Children.

This event will be historic in the annals of Mormon history.  These are our kids.  We have an obligation to protect all children in our society.  And PROTECT…THEM…WE…WILL!!!

Date:  March 30, 2018 (Good Friday)

Time:  12:00pm – 3:00pm

Place: Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 State Street, Salt Lake City 84101

We will gather at the park adjacent to the Salt Lake City/County Building.  A five block march will ensue to the LDS Church Office Building.  There, we will deliver the signatures that have been recorded on the Protect-The-Children Petition.  We will also present the book of Sacred Stories of Sacred Children, accounts of lives damaged from inappropriate childhood interviews.

In our petition to Protect the Children—

We call on the LDS Church to immediately cease the practice of subjecting children to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature. This applies to all children up to and including age 17. There should be no one-on-one interviews with children. A parent or another adult of the child’s choosing is to be present.

We call on the LDS Church to publicly disavow this practice.

We call on the LDS Church to ensure that all congregational leaders, as well the general membership, are informed that this practice is prohibited.

Attendance Goal

We are shooting for 1,000.

At this moment, there are 14,659 signatures on the petition.  Close to 7,000 are from Utah.  There are people who plan to fly and drive in from all over the country.

Our petition goal was 10,000 names.  At the outset, it seemed impossible.  Nope.  It was totally possible.

Having 100 survivors come forward with stories seemed unlikely.  Over 2,000 survivors have now shared their stories.  330 have put them out in the open for the world to see exactly what we are doing to our kids.

1,000 marchers?  Is that even possible?  When I gave this estimate to the city permit department, they were pretty skeptical.  LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN.  Not for numbers sake.  For our children’s sake.  The bigger the numbers, the more likely will be the outcome we are looking for.

And exactly what are we looking for:

  • Protecting of our children by eliminating one-on-one interviews where sexual questions are posed.
  • Facilitating the healing of those children who have been harmed.
  • Protecting our bishops from risksing their reputations.
  • Protecting the good name of the Church.  The world recognizes the danger we are putting our children in.  It harms our reputation when we harm our children.

Registration

Please register for the event on Facebook or Eventbrite or both.  At the moment, 32 have signed up.   Only 968 to go!  We are almost there.

BTW, you don’t need to sign-up.  You don’t need tickets.  The sign-ups will help us and the city make the appropriate preparations.

I’m anxious to meet you as we converge on the common cause for our children.

***Please Share the sign-up page far and wide***

 

Links

Sign the Petition

Share Your Story

See the Stories

Read the Stories

 

23 thoughts on “The Historic March for the Children

    1. Mountain out of a mole hill. Interesting way to describe suicide, rape, sexual abuse, ruined childhoods, ruined adulthoods, suicide attempts. And it all started when I found out that my daughter was taken behind closed doors for six years to be asked is she masturbated. Standing up for all those children who have been harmed and preventing the same harm going forward is a mole hill that I’m willing to die on.

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      1. My point exactly! You claiming that rape, sexual abuse, etc. comes from a simple bishop’s interview is ridiculous. Of course, there may be anomalies as is the case with anything in life, but bishop interviews do FAR more good than harm.

        And yes, you probably will die on this mole hill. Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame and then flare out…a la Kate Kelly, etc.

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      2. Thank you my friend. If I prevent one child’s suicide, one ruined childhood, the grooming of one child for a sexual predator, my 15 minutes of infamy will be worth all the time and money if spent while occupying my little mole hill.

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    2. Tom, many have already been helped simply by having the opportunity to share their story and knowing they’re not alone. If ONE child is protected, the effort is worth it.

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  1. Tom, if you are Mormon then I am ashamed of your attitude and if you are not then you are just a jerk and I have no use for you or your selfishness. I am part of the ‘most Americans’ who don’t put up with your kind anymore. Go find someone else to pick on. What good have you done in the world today-or is your world perfect already?

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  2. Tom the coward. You crouch behind your corporate church to defend it’s corporate policies with not a shred of sympathy or concern for how these inappropriately probing questions effect children. No, not all kids interviewed are physically abused or anything like that (although some have been), but many are shamed and derided in ways that have huge negative impact on their life and mental health. It’s amazing how unChristlike Christ’s “one and only true church” can truly be!

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  3. It makes me so proud when anti-Mormons find a way to monetize and/or gain notoriety from their anti-Mormonism. Way to find an issue that will finally put you on the map, Sam!

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    1. Not sure why you would be proud about anti-Mormons. Maybe you are anti-Mormon. I can’t quite tell from your comment. My view of anti-Mormon has changed. If someone is against common sense protections of children in the current Mormon generation…they are anti-Mormon. I don’t care if they are in or out of the Church. If they turn a blind eye to the harms the Church has facilitated to our Mormon children—then they are anti-Mormon. If they turn a blind eye to the to the dangers currently confronting our Mormon children, they are anti-Mormon. If there are anti-Mormons who are monetizing blind eyes….they are scum. Viriatu, can you please help me identify the people you are calling out…people who are making money by resisting changes that will take our children out of harm’s way?

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      1. I’m trolling you since you’re trolling the Church. You are the anti-Mormon I’m calling out.

        I grew up without a father and my Bishop interviews were one of the only safe places in my life as a teen where I could ask a man about things on my mind. It would be a tremendous loss to people like me for these interviews to go away.

        And your methodology sucks. All you’ve done is bring negative attention to the Church and opened it for more attacks from your colleagues at the exmormon forum you use to peddle your wares. And for what? How much closer do you think women are to holding the Priesthood after Kate Kelly’s windmilltilting? These kinds of efforts are usually more about the person leading them than they are about real change. You should listen to your Stake President. He’s wiser than you.

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      2. Hi Viriatu, Now I see where you are coming from. You have just described something wonderful that we don’t want to eliminate. Much good has been done through bishop interviews. We want that to continue. However, much harm has also been done. There are great dangers in our present system. Both the kids and the adults. I’m fighting for changes that will preserve the good and eliminate the bad.

        When I was in 6th grade I had a wonderful teacher. Often I would stay after school to chat with him in the empty classroom with the door closed. Those are treasured moments. However, our society now recognizes that there are dangers for teachers to be with children, all alone, behind closed doors. So, adjustments have been made. Two adults must be in the room. I don’t think that would have hindered my good experience with that teacher. It won’t hinder the good experiences that our kids will have with the bishops. It will make them better.

        Thanks for sharing your important viewpoint!

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      1. Lives on the ex-mormon sites? Just trying to follow Christ’s example, which I’ll admit that I’m pretty crappy at. He was harshly criticized by the church leaders of his day for who He hung with.

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  4. Viriatu, I think you misunderstand. Sam is trying to eliminate a very specific line of questioning from interviews and find ways of safeguarding children, not eliminating the interviews altogether. The types of interviews you’re talking about that are of such great value to a youth are wonderful, and I’m glad you had that in your life. I’m sure Sam gave such interviews in his years as a bishop. He is not trying to take that away, just as I’m pretty sure you’re not suggesting that probing, detailed questions about your sexuality (in thought and action) were your safe place.

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  5. Sam,

    Keep up the good work. I can only imagine how many children’s lives you’ve already helped and will continue to help. Personally, I would never knowingly let my son be alone in a room with an adult male asking sexually explicit questions to him in any other setting. Therefore, he shouldn’t be alone with a bishop. Plain and simple. Thank you Brother Sam

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  6. Sorry, man but I gotta level with you. You are absolutely, positively an APOSTATE! I’ve listened to your videos, I’ve read your messages. What you are doing is wrong. I mean no offense but I have to say it. The overwhelming majority of bishops and bishops interviews are positive and very appropriate. You labeling them as abusive is completely irresponsible and untrue. No wonder you are on your Stake Presiden’t radar. I have every confidence that you will be excommunicated soon.

    Plus you’re a drama queen with a goofy voice.

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