Author News Release 27 JUNE 2018-SALT LAKE CITY

Women leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited the Children’s Justice Center (CJC) in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, to deliver a $50,000 donation to help child abuse victims and their families. The money will be used to support Utah Children’s Justice Centers around the state. The leaders also announced a $25,000 donation to the A Breeze of Hope Foundation, an organization in Bolivia that serves victims of sexual violence.

“It’s very, very important to support these wonderful groups,” said Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, who was joined by members of the Young Women and Primary general presidencies at center, located at 257 11th Avenue and B Street in Salt Lake City’s Avenues neighborhood. “[The Church recognizes that abuse is] a societal problem, that it also affects our members. And so, we want to support these wonderful organizations who are dealing with this on a day-to-day basis.”

“We are followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” added Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, which represents more than 1 million boys and girls under age 12 in the Church. “[Christ has] a special interest for children [to be] safe and good. Our donation will help others as they seek help for their problems… [and] get better treatment and start the healing process in their lives to become whole.”

Susanne Mitchell, director of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center, said the Church’s financial support is critical to helping keep children safe.

“Child abuse is a community problem, and it’s really up to all of us to do something about it, and we need everyone to embrace the solutions and be part of it,” Mitchell said. “And what we’ve found is that the need is great. The caseload continues to rise. There’s children out there that continue to suffer in silence. We want them to come forward and get help, and we want to have the ability to serve them with all the necessary resources to give them what they need.”

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