Yesterday, leaders of the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints) finally responded to the sexual assault and rape allegations that have haunted its flagship university, Brigham Young, for the past month. In a statement, LDS leaders wrote that the Church has, “no tolerance for sexual assault at BYU or in the Church.” The statement continued:
Assault of any kind is a serious criminal offense, and we support its reporting, investigation and prosecution to the full extent of the law. Victims of assault or recipients of unwelcome sexual attention should be treated with sensitivity, compassion and respect and should feel that those to whom they disclose the assault are committed to helping them deal with the trauma they have experienced.
The statement is in response to allegations made by BYU students that rape and assault victims are unfairly targeted by Honor Code investigations after the fact. Two BYU students told Jezebel that they had been subjected to Honor Code investigations and Honor Code charge for circumstances related to their rape. The university, one student told Jezebel, “is emboldening my rapist.”