McKenna Denson, who accused a former Provo MTC president of sexually assaulting her has filed a lawsuit against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and former MTC President Joseph L. Bishop.
According to the Daily Herald, the lawsuit will call for policy changes in the Church that urge Church leaders to report an alleged sexual assault to police rather than the Church’s helpline.
Denson is taking legal action against the Church and the former MTC president for reportedly covering up her sexual assault that occurred in the 1980s, according to the Daily Herald.
According to Deseret News, the suit alleges that the “church knew the bishop had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior toward women before he was called as the MTC president,” and asks for a jury trial seeking payment for legal and medical expenses as well as damages for loss of earnings and a change of church policies.
The lawsuit claims that Denson, now 55, tried to report the attack ten times to differing LDS leaders, but that no action was taken.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, on Wednesday, April 4, Erik Hawkins, a spokesman for the Church referred to an earlier statement from the Church that said, “The Church has great faith in the judicial system to determine the truth of these claims. Nevertheless, the Church takes seriously its responsibility to hold its members accountable for their conduct with respect of the laws of God and man.”