Survivors Supporting Survivors
Child Sexual Assault, Pedophilia, Incest
LGBTQIA+ abuse and discrimination
Fundamentalist high demand religions
Manipulation, gaslighting, shame, and guilt
Latter Day Survivors is a platform for survivors of many types of abuse. Often, but not always, these stories involve efforts from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - The Mormon Church to silence the victims and defend abusers. We are interested in sharing the stories of survivors from other religious organizations.
These efforts are often to protect the reputation of a church, an institution, organization, family name, and to not ruin the "abuser's future."
We are survivors and while we have been victims at some point(s) in our lives, this does not mean we want or need protectors and saviors.
We are survivors who have found our voice, broken our silence and we want to be heard, believed, and listened to! We are not alone.
Our strength is in our numbers and there are many of us. The voices of the silenced will force changes to the justice system and institutions that protected and continue to protect those who abused us.
When one of us speaks up, other survivors will have the courage speak up.
Kindra was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was an active temple endowed member until 2018 at which time she realized the church valued the membership of the pedophile who abused her, over her membership or wellbeing. This realization led her to research the fear based practices in, circular reasoning, and false doctrine in the church.
She has been married since 1996, has 4 children, 1 granddaughter and another grandchild on the way.
She is a Nurse Practitioner, has worked as an, ICU and ER nurse, nursing professor, and has a lifelong passion for learning and teaching.
** Her work on this podcast does not constitute medical advice and is independent of her practice as a medical professional.
Christina is a registered nurse and resides in central Arizona. She was raised in the Mormon church for most of her life and was a devout member. Christina was married in the temple, held callings, and raised her children in the church. In 2020, she began questioning church doctrines and policies and decided that the organization no longer aligned with her personal values. She has since been actively deconstructing Mormonism and religious trauma and helping others to do the same.
Christina has been a registered nurse since 1998. She is a survivor of childbirth trauma and as an obstetric/neonatal nurse, she is passionate about perinatal mental health and is Perinatal Mental Health certified. She also enjoys traveling, writing, and… doing nothing at all.
Christina is the mother of two grown sons and a cat named Harvey.
Sara was brought up in the Mormon church and was devoted to it until spring of 2021. At that time, she realized the patterns of the church covering up abuse and protecting and enabling abusers at the expense of the victims were clear signs that the church is a harmful place to be. Being an abuse survivor herself, she became aware of the ways the church enabled her abusers and encouraged their actions to be swept under the rug. She is dedicated to ending the silence that surrounds abuse and hopes that by putting a voice to it will help others find their voice and courage to stand up against abuse and the organizations that perpetrate it.
Sara is an Administrative Assistant based in Ohio and has two teenage children. She likes to spend her free time riding and working with horses.
Ria is the youngest daughter of four girls and has always been the black sheep of the family.
Although she always had doubts about the church, her experience with how her childhood sexual abuse was handled, was when items began to collect on her shelf. Taught to always obey and submit to authority, she learned to disregard her gut feeling and put all her trust in the church.
Raised by a single-mom, in a devout Mormon home, she was taught that God’s love was conditional. If it was unconditional, everyone would make it to the Celestial Kingdom.
Looking back, Ria realizes that her Mother’s love was also, conditional. This is all that she knew about love.
After suffering years of different types of abuse by different people, Ria, had a realization; although she wasn’t perfect, she knew she was trying her hardest to be obedient, faithful, and service oriented, yet she still wasn’t happy. In fact, she was very suicidal and made several attempts at taking her own life.
One night while preparing a Relief Society lesson on “The Joys of Motherhood” she decided she was done. Worried she would raise her children the way she was, she decided to step away from the church. No child should ever feel like there are conditions to their parents love.
Done with the shame. Done with the guilt. Done with giving service to others. What she needed was to love herself. Unconditionally.
After dealing with more abuse within her family, several of her bishops from her ward(s), she realized the lengths that the church goes to protect abusers and began her journey to help others heal by sharing her story.
Ria resides in Utah with her three children. She works as a Project Manager for a restoration company. When she’s not working, she can be found sleeping. Also, she loves soup.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing.”
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