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Latter-Day Saints Announce New Training To Curb Child Abuse

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints is launching a new training to curb child abuse in the congregation.

 

The training announced Friday by church officials requires leaders in the Utah-based faith to complete an online course highlighting strategies to prevent and respond to abuse.

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The announcement comes in the wake of protests criticizing how local leaders handle sexual abuse reports, one-on-one meetings with youth and several sexual assault accusations made against a former prominent missionary leader.

 

Thousands of current and former Latter-day Saints marched to the church's headquarters in Salt Lake City last year demanding an end to the closed-door meetings where sexual questions sometimes arise.

 

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New guidelines allow children to bring an adult with them to the interview and direct lay leaders never to disregard reports of abuse.