March 18, 2019
In an article published in the Utah Bar Journal, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill, and Attorney Gregory N. Hoole joined together to bring awareness of child abuse and Wheels of Justice, a local cycling club dedicated to ending all forms of child abuse.
Wheels of Justice, a nonprofit corporation, raises money to support four organizations: Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU), Friends of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center (Friends of the CJC), Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) and the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC).
Additionally, Wheels of Justice sponsors a bicycle ride every September that ascends all five of Salt Lake City’s riding canyons in one day. This daunting course shows children who have been abused that they, too, can overcome any challenge.
For more information and to find out how you can join Wheels of Justic, visit their website at www.teamwheelsofjustice.org.
The Utah Attorney General’s Office works tirelessly to combat clergy abuse, and child abuse of any kind, through its Child Protection Division, the statewide network of Children’s Justice Centers, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, robust investigations, prosecution and victim advocacy. We do this is partnership with Child Protective Services, local law enforcement, and other agencies.
In the interest of protecting the innocent and bringing criminals
to justice, we do not discuss ongoing investigations.
If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by a clergy member, or anyone else, please report this to the 24/7 Child Abuse Hotline at 855-323-3237 or call your local sheriff or police department. You may also contact our office during business hours at 801-281-1200.
Seeking justice on behalf of physically or sexually abused children and helping those children heal is the mission of the Utah Children’s Justice Centers Program. Protecting children is also a core mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Due to the intersection of vision, the partnership between the two organizations is a natural fit and a big reason why the LDS Church continues to support the CJC Program.
The CJC Program received $50,000 from the LDS Church this year, making it the fourth consecutive year the Church has given to the organization. Each year, the CJCs determine where the gift can have the greatest impact. The contribution this year will go to outlying and rural sites for the following:
- To update interview recording equipment, a critical component of the CJC process;
- Support renovations in several centers; and
- Help establish a victim advocate at the San Juan facility.
For more coverage on the LDS Church grant to Utah CJCs check out the links, below.
Deseret News: LDS women leaders present donation to prevent child abuse in Utah, Bolivia
KSL.com: LDS Church donates $75K to combat child abuse in Utah and Bolivia
Fox 13: LDS Church makes donation to Children’s Justice Center to aid abuse victims
KUER: Top Female Mormon Leaders Say Child Abuse Is Major Priority
KUTV: LDS Church donates to child abuse prevention charities at home and abroad
Mormon Newsroom: Church Donates to Child Abuse Prevention Organizations
LDS Living: LDS Female Church Leaders Donate $75,000 to Fight Child Abuse
The Utah Children’s Justice Program oversees 23 independently-run CJC sites that serve 28 counties throughout the state. Sites are designed with the comfort of the child in mind to provide a safe, friendly atmosphere for forensic interviews, medical examinations, and follow-up support services. For more information please contact the CJC closest to you.