Craig Vernon has represented clients in several high profile church and clergy perpetrated sexual abuse cases including cases involving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Litigating cases against the LDS Church shows them to be formidable adversaries who are motivated to win at all costs – after all – they are defending the Kingdom of God.
But, what puzzles Craig Vernon, like so many other others, is where is the pastoral care for the victims of LDS church and clergy related sexual abuse? Why is the defence of the institution more important than the care of the abused? And, why do the LDS Church’s public statements about their zero-tolerance for sexual abuse not square with how they handle sexual abuse cases involving their own members?