Woman who accused former MTC president of rape files lawsuit against him, LDS Church


    The LDS Church sent a letter to its leaders on how to recognize and prevent abuse. (Photo: KUTV)

    (KUTV) The woman who says a former LDS Church leader raped her when she was a missionary has filed a lawsuit against Joseph L. Bishop and the church.

    MormonLeaks first released audio of the woman interviewing former Missionary Training Center President Bishop, where she confronted him about abuse when she was a missionary in the 1980s.

    KUTV learned that Bishop told BYU police that he did ask the woman to expose her breasts to him but denied the accusations of rape. Later, documents revealed how the LDS Church dealt with the allegations.

    In a press release Wednesday night, the woman identified herself as MKenna Denson and said she "has filed a lawsuit against both Bishop and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

    According to the release:

    Denson seeks justice for the "horrific sexual assault as well as the ongoing emotional distress she suffered by repeatedly being ignored, disbelieved, shamed and blamed by the Church she loved so dearly.

    The lawsuit also wants changes "within the LDS Church." It states that Denson and her attorneys believe changes are "important to protect others, particularly children, going forward."

    A news conference with Denson is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.

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