Mormon Church Sexual Abuse Lawyer

January 3, 2024 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

Dolman Law Group is conducting a thorough investigation into sexual abuse claims linked to the Mormon Church. These allegations show a system that is built on and designed to suppress such incidents, especially those involving minors. 

These accusations against the Mormon church (officially called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) focus on various church figures like elders, missionaries, and others in positions of power within the church. 

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The Dolman Law Group is focused on bringing justice to the Mormon church for their alleged negligence in reporting these offenses to law enforcement—and instead keeping it all “in-house” as so many churches negligently and criminally do—and is dedicated to helping the victims of this abuse get the compensation they deserve.

​​Sexual abuse cases can be challenging. They require the hired law firm to be compassionate and understanding, while still having the knowledge and expertise to handle the case correctly. 

Dolman Law Group has handled thousands of cases against churches and other organizations that have allowed sexual abuse to go unchecked. Our experience includes cases against individual priests, the Catholic Church, the Catholic Dioceses, school athletic directors, juvenile detention centers and programs, Uber sexual abuse, and so many more.

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse and are yet to report it, contact the authorities as soon as you can. You can also learn more about reporting sexual abuse here.

If you are ready to file a claim against the Mormon church, contact Dolman Law Group today for a free evaluation of your case. 

What is the Mormon Church Being Accused Of?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons or LDS, is a massive global church organization with over 16 million members. 

Despite its mission to make the world a better place, they seem to have some serious problems right inside their own organization. Numerous individuals, including men, women, teens, and children, have claimed they were sexually abused in the church and their allegations were ignored or neglected, allowing countless others to be hurt. 

These claims seem to point to a systematic effort to hide these crimes within the church's structure to protect church authorities like leaders and missionaries, but most importantly to protect the LDS’s reputation. 

Furthermore, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is accused of concealing these incidents of child sexual abuse and adult sexual abuse, failing to report them to law enforcement, and suppressing information from victims and potential whistleblowers.

Learn more: How to Protect Yourself from Becoming a Sexual Abuse Victim

How a Mormon Church Sexual Abuse Lawyer Can Help You

The experienced sexual abuse lawyers at Dolman Law are ready to help you with your Mormon church sexual abuse claim today or whenever you are ready. 

Our full focus will be on providing you with excellent representation, handling the complex legalities of sexual abuse claims, gathering evidence, providing you with compassionate support, and of course, working as hard as possible to get you the compensation you deserve.

  • Legal Representation and Advocacy: Dolman Law Group will provide you with legal representation and guidance to you under your rights while protecting your best interests.
  • Navigating Complex Legal Systems: We are skilled at handling complex legal system that are often involved in sexual abuse cases and will make sure that your claim is handled correctly and all deadlines are met.
  • Gathering Evidence: We will work to gather evidence for your case, including testimonies, medical records, documents, and other information.
  • Providing Confidential Support: We understand the sensitive nature of church sexual abuse cases and offer confidential support to our clients so that we respect your privacy and emotional state.
  • Seeking Justice and Compensation: Our primary goal is to get you justice for the wrong that have done against you and to get you compensation for the harm you have suffered.
  • Handling Settlements or Trials: Depending on the case, we may be able to negotiate a settlement or we may have to take the case to court. If this happens, we will be there every step of the way to represent you at trial.
  • Advising on Legal Options and Rights: We believe in making sure that our clients are informed about their legal options and rights so that they can make the best possible decision for them.

Main Leaders of Local LDS Churches Failed Their Flock

Testimonies from victims have revealed time and time again that the local leaders in the Mormon Church who are supposed to protect them failed miserably.

Bishops in the LDS are nonprofessional clerics who are the main people church members report to at their local church. LDS members trust their bishop's judgment wholeheartedly because bishops are said to be blessed with discernment which means that their opinion is given to them straight from God and is therefore, more or less, infallible. This means they can tell when a victim is lying or tell when an accused is “telling the truth”. 

Because of this trust placed in these men, untold thousands of people have not only been abused but had that abuse covered up because parishioners are taught to tell them and not local law enforcement.

Quite simply, these men are responsible for protecting the reputation of the Mormon Church. They are not special or somehow better than other people, they are simply protecting their job, their employer, their coworkers, and in some cases, probably themselves. 

How Child Abuse Affects Children and Adults

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Child abuse, like the Mormon church is being accused of covering up, profoundly impacts children and adults.

In children, it can lead to developmental delays, behavioral problems, and mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

This trauma of abuse often carries into adulthood, manifesting as difficulties in relationships, chronic health problems, substance abuse disorders, and an increased risk of mental health issues.

The long-term emotional and psychological effects can damage an individual's ability to lead a fulfilling life which is why the need for early intervention and support is so great. 

This fact further shows the egregiousness of the LDS church’s crimes since early intervention is critical in helping to prevent child sex abuse from becoming a bigger problem later. Healing cannot begin if the crimes are swept under the rug by your local bishop.

Learn more: Looking Out for Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Children and Loved Ones

Can I File a Lawsuit If I Was Sexually Abused While in the LDS Church?

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Most likely, yes. 

Many states have changed their laws so that the statute of limitations does not prevent adults who were abused as minors from getting justice. This means there is no limit or a much larger limit for the amount of time victims have to file a civil lawsuit. 

The first step is to contact an experienced sexual abuse attorney like Dolma Law Group to evaluate your claim and see if you are eligible.

Some states have created laws that allow minor sexual abuse victims and adult sexual abuse victims to file a lawsuit, no matter how long ago the abuse happened or how old the victim currently is. But other states have stricter laws or more complicated laws. 

Speaking to an experienced attorney is critical in determining whether or not you can file a claim against the Mormon church.

Contact The Mormon Church Sexual Abuse Lawyers at Dolman Law Group Today

Dolman Law Group offers compassionate legal assistance to sexual abuse survivors, focusing on their comfort and readiness. The firm provides a respectful environment to explore legal options without pressure, ensuring clients choose a path that feels right for them. When a client is prepared, the team commits fully to seeking justice and compensation against those responsible for the harm.

If you or your child were sexually abused and you have questions about taking legal action, contact the sexual abuse lawyers or children sexual assault lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers to help you understand your options. 

We have offices on both coasts of Florida and across the country. You can contact us online or by phone at 727-451-6900 to schedule your free, confidential, and compassionate consultation.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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