Jun 17, 2019
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Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Colleen Payne Dietz and Alyson
Bigelow Horrocks in regards to their experiences with sexual
assault during their college years. In this time, when Brigham
Young University is undergoing a lot of scrutiny about their
policies and procedures when students report cases of sexual
assault, these stories are so important to share. This podcast is
co-produced with the Mormon Mental Health Podcast and is free of
charge. It addresses such issues as: what are some typical ways
that victims act during and after sexual assaults? What types of
assault occur? What are some common misperceptions a general
audience can make when hearing about sexual assault? What are some
problematic ways that ecclesiastical leaders engage in
inappropriate repentance processes during these times? What
ramifications does this have for people’s journeys within
Mormonism? How can Mormon beliefs be interpreted when sex abuse is
occurring? How can leaders, friends and families be better equipped
to deal with these types of situations?
Be aware that detailed information is shared in regards to the assaults that took place. Some who have experienced trauma of their own may find these conversations triggering and difficult to listen to.
Colleen Payne Dietz is a BYU-Utah alumni with a Bachelors in Psychology. She has enjoyed many years working in the field of Mental Health. She has recently discovered a new role as an adored wife and busy mother. Colleen and her husband dream of the rural homestead life, somewhere green and alive. Colleen is honored to be part of a movement to change the conversations about sex, and especially sexual assault, within the LDS Culture and make BYU a safer place.
Alyson Bigelow Horrocks attended BYU-Idaho for several years, is a writer, is married and a mother of 4.
Resources mentioned during podcast:
Healing from Sexual Abuse by Chieko Okazaki
How the Church Approaches Abuse – This page has been updated since it was re-released in February 2016 (Alyson refers to how the original article impacted her)
Roundtable: Abuse and Forgiveness with Tresa Edmunds and Natasha Helfer Parker
BYU-Utah Counseling Center