Former LDS bishop implores church leaders to stop sexually explicit interviews
(KUTV) - A former Mormon bishop conducted a press conference supported by activists Thursday calling upon church leaders to stop sexually explicit interviews with teenagers.
Sam Young of Texas said he intends to present a petition with more than 10,000 signatures to leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to cease closed-door interviews between bishops and Mormon youth.
Many who signed the petition identified themselves as active LDS. Young said he will deliver it to church leaders in March.
The church did not issue a response Thursday but did state in December 2017, in part, "Leaders are provided with instructions and leadership resources and are asked to review them regularly."
Activists claim bishops ask private questions, some of which are of a sexual nature, to children sometimes.
Refraining from this interview practice may reduce sexual abuse and suicide among teens, activists said.