Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sex between adult males and 14 year old girls apparently defended by Mormon Church in Australian court case

In what could be regarded as an astonishing faux pas, a Barrister defending the Mormon Church in a court case in the NSW Supreme Court brought by a woman who alleges that her step father who was a Mormon sexually abused her.

The Barrister, Philip Taylor, SC, is quoted in press reports as cross-examining the woman -who is now 36- on the claim by her father that, as a 14-year-old child, she had consented to sex with him.

This was a strange point to cross-examine her on, as Taylor would have been expected to know that under the laws of NSW, a child of 14 would not have been able to give consent to sexual intercourse with any adult, not just her own stepfather.

The woman is asking the court to increase the time she is legally allowed to enter a claim as she points out that the Mormon Church deliberately withheld information about her sexual abuse -which it excommunicated her stepfather for- from the authorises including the police.




Scout's Honor said...

Funny, same thing happened with my evil fuck of an uncle. He molested most of his 12 kids and was excommunicated, but no charges were ever filed. This was in the state of California. This was after a handshake deal with sheriffs in Utah when he raped some girls there in college.

Now his two sons have raped their sister, nieces, and neighborhood girls. The pattern continues and it could have been stopped by the Mormon church.


~Scout's Honor

Latayne said...

Dear friend in Christ,

I may be known to you because of my writings about Mormonism. I am the author of The Mormon Mirage (first published by Zondervan in 1979), Why We Left Mormonism, Why We Left a Cult, and After Mormonism, What? (all published by Baker Books.)

I want to alert you to some news. In April, Zondervan is releasing a new, heavily researched and updated version of The Mormon Mirage. (At the end of this letter, you can read a description of this book and link to information about it.) It has over 700 footnotes and up-to-the minute information about today’s Mormonism.

Also in April, Moody Publishers will release my novel, which is also about Mormonism, Latter-day Cipher (description and links below, as well.) Why would a researcher and non-fiction writer choose to depict Mormonism in a fictional setting, you might ask? Because many people will read and learn from a novel who would never tackle a documented book.

I am writing to you for several reasons. I know that both Zondervan and Moody would appreciate thoughtful reviews of these two books. In addition, I would be deeply grateful if you would be willing to:

*post a review of either or both books on your ministry and personal Web sites
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5) If you have an online bookstore or other outlet for retail of the books

Yours and His,
Latayne C. Scott
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