A Lone Holdout Presses LDS Church Lawsuit after 12 Others Settle Sex Abuse Claims Involving Former American Indian Foster Program
By Connor Richards
Salt Lake Tribune
October 1, 2018
Bizhinlth baa says she was repeatedly raped by her foster father in a small town in Utah’s Cache County.
Then 12 years old, the Navajo girl knew that what her foster father was doing to her “three or four times a week” wasn’t right, but when she reached out for help to a local leader of the women’s Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, baa says, she was met with disbelief. Worse, she was scolded and slapped.
“Do not tell anybody,” she recounts being warned. “And you think I had fear? Oh, I had fear. You can’t believe the fear I had.” And so the abuse continued throughout that school year, until the next May, she says, when she was returned home to the Navajo Nation.