I was incredulous that a parent would go after anyone who helped save her child. And then I remembered that in many dysfunctional families, a child will be selected as the family scapegoat and blamed for everything. This mom's striking back at her daughter by filing this suit.The wife of an Oregon man serving a 15-year prison sentence for sexually abusing the couple’s daughter has filed a $9.5 million lawsuit against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, saying a clergy member violated a promise of confidentiality by reporting her husband to authorities.
In addition to herself, the woman also listed four of her children as plaintiffs, saying they all have been deprived of her husband’s “companionship, society, love, affection” and financial support. Not listed is the couple’s fifth child, who was molested by her father over four years when she was a pre-teen and teenager, according to criminal case records.
The lawsuit seeks $9.5 million for the family’s emotional distress and lost income and $40,000 for the money spent on a criminal defense lawyer to represent the husband on the child molestation charges.
A spokesman for the Utah-based Mormon church, which is listed as the sole defendant, said in a statement that one of its top priorities is “protecting victims and ensuring proper reporting."