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.
SALT LAKE CITY May 18, 2016 – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement about the 25th anniversary of the Utah Children’s Justice Program:
“This week we recognize a historic milestone as the Utah Attorney General’s Office celebrates 25 years of the Children’s Justice Center model in Utah. The Children’s Justice Centers (CJCs) provide a homelike, child focused sanctuary for abused children to be interviewed and supported though-out criminal investigations. Cases are handled by a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, medical and mental health providers, and others who help children find their voice and a pathway to justice and healing.
“In 1991, through the efforts of community advocate Grethe Peterson, Weber County Attorney Reed Richards, and Utah legislators Craig Peterson, Lyle Hillyard, and John Valentine, Utah opened its first three centers. In 1994 the CJCs were incorporated into a program under the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which has expanded services to 22 centers serving 28 counties. The founders envisioned the centers as public-private partnerships, with government and community support, and Utah’s program is now viewed as a model throughout the country. We are grateful to our distinguished founders for their vision, and we congratulate Administrator Tracey Tabet and the directors of the 22 Children’s Justice Centers across the state for 25 years of success.”
To learn more about the important work the CJCs do, please watch the following short video:
Over the years, the Office of the Attorney General has been proud of its relationship with the Children’s Justice Centers (CJC) across the state.
Each center offers a safe place for children while they are being interviewed and meeting with investigators about allegations of abuse. Centers also connect child abuse victims and their families with services, including forensic medical exams, mental health and victim resources. CJCs serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse, as well as children who have witnessed crimes, such as homicide. To learn more about CJC services, click here or here, or click here to find a center nearest you.