Seven lawsuits were filed against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Monday, alleging the church participated in covering up decades of sexual abuse in Arizona Boy Scout troops.
Hurley McKenna & Mertz, the firm representing defendants in the suits, said in a statement that the church “must be held accountable in order to bring healing and closure to Mormon victims of childhood sexual abuse,” according to the Associated Press.
All seven lawsuits allege church officials failed to notify authorities about allegations of abuse that occurred between 1972 and 2009. According to the suits, when bishops were notified of abuse allegations, victims were told to “keep quiet” while the church conducted its own internal investigation — while the accused troop leaders and volunteers continued to participate in scouting activities. (Read more from “Mormon Church Hit With Lawsuits Alleging Boy Scouts Abuse Cover-Up” HERE)