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37,901. In Utah, 14% of adults and adolescents reported experiencing severe psychological distress, and 10% said they’d had a major depressive episode in the past year. Bad mental health days come three times a month for those living in Utah. (Mormon: Mental Health & Utah) Melissa Dahl, msnbc.com
38,471. Mormons are notorious (at least in Utah) for being the cheapest employers on the planet. They pay incredibly low wages, take advantage of starving students, and cheat on and replace their workers without batting an eye. Provo is run by businessmen who screw students every way they can. Students are basically indentured servants when working in Provo.
... Mormons love to be in the business of usury. They have more post-dated check places than anywhere on earth. They love high interest loans, loan sharking, and greedy banking practices.
And the church does not care. If it brings in money , and tithing, then that is fine. Thus the pawn broker becomes a Stake President, and the loan shark a Bishop. All is well six days a week. Only Sunday appearances matter. (Mormon & Utah) lightfingerlouie, board post 20th March 2006 ‘Will The Church Ever Worry About Honest Occupations?’
38,501. Utah residents currently use more antidepressant drugs, notably Prozac® (fluoxetine hydrochloride, introduced in 1987), than the residents of any other US state. This problem is clearly, closely and definitely linked to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
... The women harmed often experience further damage by being misunderstood, shunned, misrepresented and even disparaged by well-meaning LDS whose happy experiences and feelings leave them unable to comprehend how the same church that benefited them could damage innocent people undeserving of harm, especially since that church is defined as being beneficial for all ... after all, how could God’s only true Church directly harm righteous women?
... what they pray for is what keeps them in depression. For these women, ironically and tragically, the more prayer, the more depression!
My point is that the LDS Church’s ‘One Size Fits All Women’ is an environment that ignores these powerful, genetically based, individual differences ...
So Mormon women can never, NEVER achieve equality with men, no matter how outstanding or righteous the women are. That’s just the way it’s set up.
… Is the cause of the problem more properly attributable to the women or to the belief system which has been taught to these women and that they have believed? (Mormon & Utah) Doctor Kent Ponder, board post ‘Mormon Women, Prozac’
81,394. Mark you a twenty-five-year-old TBM women who, at her wit’s end after years of at first verbal then graduated physical abuse, decides reluctantly to seek refuge in the Bishop’s office.
The grimy beady frowning myopic Bishop on the other side of the desk sinks his nose into the pages of his handbook and rising for air barks to the silly weeping sinful women to pray harder, read more scriptures, pay more tithing, and try to be a better more loving wife.
Laden with guilt our Sister plods home the inevitable pounding.
The Morg’s policy of protecting the – particularly Priesthood – perpetrator and failing the victim is part of the problem and never any solution.
This area is particularly deep in statistics, and Utah say would compare unfavourably to my local Midlands home town. Utah with the highest percentages of Morg membership offers a baseline for comparison.
Judge for yourself to what extent the Morg’s policies are directing contributing to the plight of victims:
Domestic Violence Statistics UTAH [viz. Utah Domestic Violence extant data]
‘In 2011, there were 19 domestic violence-related homicides in Utah. This is approximately 32% of all homicides in Utah.
‘In 2011, more than 3,400 men, women, and children entered shelters in FY 10 to escape domestic violence.
‘In 2008, 14.2% of Utah women (ages 18 and older) reported that an intimate partner had ever hit, slapped, pushed, kicked, or hurt them in any way.
‘In Utah, women experienced 169,156 intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes each year.
‘Nationally, each year, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner related physical assaults and rapes.
‘The percentage of women in Utah who reported ever experiencing IPV increased with age, with the exception of women who were 65 years or older.
‘39% of Utah women reporting IPV said the perpetrator was their husband or male live-in partner. 27% said the perpetrator was a former husband or former male live-in partner and 25.7% said the abuser was a former boyfriend.
‘In Utah, divorce or separated women report the highest percentage of IPV (42.1%).
‘Nationally, the estimated costs of IPV exceed $5.8 billion each year. This includes costs of medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity.
‘There is approximately one intimate partner-related homicide every 33 days in Utah.
‘44% of intimate partner-related homicide victims were killed by a spouse.
‘147 Utah children were directly exposed to an intimate partner-related homicide from 2003-2008 and 78% of these children were under six years of age.
‘There is approximately one domestic violence-related homicide each month in Utah.
‘One out of three adult homicides are domestic violence homicides.
‘One-third of domestic violence perpetrators committed suicide after committing the homicide.
‘There are approximately 3 domestic violence-related suicides every month in Utah.
‘Almost 12% of adult suicides are domestic violent related.'
Perhaps the Morg should explain their policies.
Jaccuse! (Mormon & Abuse & Domestic Violence & Utah) esias, board post 12th June 2012 ‘The Mormon Scandal of Domestic Violence’
81,391. ‘The response at a press conference to the stinging allegation, and by essay on this board (The Mormon Scandal of Domestic Violence 2015) that the Morg has never made any donation ever to the causes of Abuse and Domestic Violence, a response of $100,000, is the ultimate rip-taking response to the lasting damage caused by the Morg directly to the oh so many victims.
The two say the Morg are entirely coincidental.
‘For your information I print below in full the essay criticism of 23rd April 2005:
'My gratitude to the poster who resurrected my original post. My apologies for the stodge of statistics, and they carried the rider that UTAH statistics were not Mormon statistics, but pending further research they at least give a loose baseline – why? – simply because UTAH has the highest percentage of Morgbots.
‘I should not wish to detract from the body of research and the withering, personal revelations out there (and may be found in the library of this Board) of growing up in a dysfunctional Morg family, of verbal, physical and sexual abuse. The personal testimonies of young children abused in the office of a church official are the most harrowing and sadest posts to read.
‘From my short term in domestic violence and child protection, I am well aware that the statistics are only proportionate to victim reporting, that men of course face domestic violence, that the damage done to child witnessing domestic violence is hard to quantify, that domestic violence statistics amoug self-same couples is shockingly high, that we have scant statistics for transgender, that statistics for Mormon suicide will shock again, and how to measure the sheer damage done to personality and character development by over exposure to the Morg programming?
‘An appeal then to specialists in the Morg domestic violence field to publish research so that we may further accurately assess the true extent of Mormon abuse and domestic violence.
‘If you are a Mormon perpetrator of domestic violence, why not consider assuaging your guilt by offering a personal essay of your abuse – be brave.’
So let’s pick a right-wing source – F*x News online article of 4th March 2015 headed: Utah above national average for domestic violence homicides; victim advocates seek more resources
To save your fingers let my post you the body of the article and introduce some of the longsuffering practitioners in the purple state of Utah:
‘Among those who have died in Utah at the hands of their partners or parents are 19-year-old Mackenzie [M] and 26-year-old Amanda Lee [H] as well as Kelly, Jaden and Haley [B].
‘“In Utah, when we look at a 10-year trend, we’re looking at almost 43 percent of our homicides are domestic violence related,” said Jennifer Oxborrow, who is a domestic violence coordinator for the Department of Human Services.
‘That’s compared to a national average of about 30 percent, and Oxborrow said there are a few reasons for Utah’s high rate.
‘Women who are impacted by domestic violence in Utah tend to have more children than other women do in other states,’ she said. ‘They also have comparatively low-earning potential, so it makes it difficult to leave an abusive relationship.’
Kendra Wyckoff, executive director for Safe Harbor Crisis Center in Davis County, said there is also a lack for preventative resources.
‘Just in the last year from 2012 to 2013, we saw a 78 percent increase in unmet requests for service in the state of Utah,’ she said.
Wyckoff said that in 2012, domestic violence programs in Utah received about 2,000 requests for services that providers could not serve, and that number jumped to more than 5,000 the following year.
‘We work very hard with the network of providers across the state to try to get folks connected to services if we are at capacity, but the reality is sometimes we end up in a situation where every shelter from Brigham City all the way down to Provo to Park City to Tooele is completely full,’ Wyckoff said.
Domestic dispute calls are among the most dangerous for law enforcement to respond to as well. Chief Greg Butler, Woods Cross City Police Department, said he noticed a trend–which is why he initiated a lethality protocol assessment, also known as LAP, for his officers to get help to those who need it.