My father was either a Bishop or Stake President for almost all of my childhood. He was very widely known and loved by everyone in our community. He was also deeply involved with organized abuse involving many other members of my family and our small community. They would intentionally inflict such torturous, premeditated abuse that it would force children to dissociate so they wouldn’t remember what happened. The abuse involved child sex trafficking, child pornography, and many other horrendous acts.
I was a victim of this abuse. I was repeatedly targeted for my entire childhood, and only recently started having flashbacks to the abuse. It’s been horrifying to realize the extent my father had power, authority, and access to thousands of vulnerable people in our community that he was likely targeting, just like he was targeting me.