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The Hushed Ones: A Cover-Up 34 Years in the Making

A documentary exploring the people & events behind the current sexual scandals within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The Hushed Ones: A Cover-Up 34 Years in the Making

A documentary exploring the people & events behind the current sexual scandals within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

$26,529
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Last updated October 6, 2018

About

The Hushed Ones: A Cover-Up 34 Years in the Making

What is The Hushed Ones?

The Hushed Ones focuses on the many accusations of sexual abuse within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. LDS, a.k.a. Mormon Church) and their subsequent mishandling and sometimes even cover-ups.

Interview with McKenna Denson
Interview with McKenna Denson

The documentary views the issue through the legal case of McKenna Denson, a woman who was raped by her Missionary Training Center President in Provo, UT. She is suing the multibillion dollar LDS Church for knowingly putting a sexual predator in a position of power. This is a case that has garnered national attention - partly due to how vocal McKenna has been (the LDS Church usually settles and has its accuser sign Non-Disclosure Agreements), and partly due to the ramifications the LDS Church would face if she wins (knowing of a sexual predator, yet still allowing him to be in a position of prominent leadership).

McKenna is interviewed by the press after her Oral Arguments - 7.18.18
McKenna is interviewed by the press after her Oral Arguments - 7.18.18

The film also shows the movement of Protect LDS Children and their call for "no one-on-one interviews" and "no sexually explicit questions ever" in regards to minors meeting with their Bishops for worthiness interviews (similar to a Catholic confessional). The Church already has views on sex and sexuality that many consider unhealthy and shaming (i.e. sometimes viewing women as responsible for men's thoughts/actions, victim shaming, LGBTQ+ shaming, etc).

Sam Young (Protect LDS Children 23-Day Hunger Strike)
Sam Young (Protect LDS Children 23-Day Hunger Strike)

 A compilation of 29 questions LDS Bishops have asked youth in one-on-one interviews:

A list of 29 Questions that have been asked to minors while alone with Bishops
A list of 29 Questions that have been asked to minors while alone with Bishops
Signs from Protect LDS Children Supporters
Signs from Protect LDS Children Supporters

The documentary will also compare the sexual abuse cases coming to light within the LDS Church to the scandals faced by the Catholic Church in the 2000's and in August of this year.

Diocese Faces Child Sex Abuse Allegations - Aug. 2018
Diocese Faces Child Sex Abuse Allegations - Aug. 2018

The Timeline

Ok, here we go! McKenna Denson is in the process of suing the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints a.k.a. "LDS") for fraud. A secret recording she took of her abuser, Joseph Bishop, shows that the LDS Church knew that this man was a sexual predator, and yet still put him in a position of power.

Timeline of McKenna Denson's Story
Timeline of McKenna Denson's Story

The Budget

We began production in June, and it's been entirely self-funded up to this point! The goal we set is the bare minimum we need to make this important documentary possible. We will use the budget to pay for travel, legal fees (yeah, who knew someone might wanna sue us?), equipment rentals, music, news licensing fees, etc. Anything raised beyond the goal will help increase production value.

A Sex Therapist, Natasha Helfer Parker, talks to us about abuse
A Sex Therapist, Natasha Helfer Parker, talks to us about abuse
Design for the Button Reward "Unhushable"
Design for the Button Reward "Unhushable"
27"x40" Hollywood-Sized Movie Poster
27"x40" Hollywood-Sized Movie Poster

The Team

The Team - Kristina Smith & Spencer Allred
The Team - Kristina Smith & Spencer Allred

Kristina Smith is a journalist with experience in broadcast, newspaper, and magazine settings.

Spencer Allred is an award-winning filmmaker who has been working professionally for the past six years. He has experience working on national commercials accruing millions of views. He also has worked and continues to work on movies - www.jumpingthegreen.com

With our talents combined, we can handle the difficulties we will inevitably encounter. Creating a documentary takes grit, and this particular subject matter requires sensitivity. We are dedicated to doing this heavy subject matter justice and putting survivors first.

Giving a voice to abuse survivors and raising awareness is important to us. Awareness plays a big role in positive change. 

Thank you!

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Protect LDS Children (Sam Young) stages a hunger-strike to change LDS Church policy in SLC, UT
Protect LDS Children (Sam Young) stages a hunger-strike to change LDS Church policy in SLC, UT

*Sound effect used in video - "Pulsing Drone Ambience 2" by PatrickLieberkind https://freesound.org/people/PatrickLieberkind/sounds/331663/ - modified in length

Risks and challenges

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not only a church, it is a giant, billion-dollar corporation. As such, their legal team is top notch and we need legal representation. And. Lawyers. Are. Expensive. We need to protect ourselves and the film from being shut down.

We also understand there are several outcomes to the story we are pursuing. Regardless of those outcomes we are committed to shedding light on an issue that is hurting so many individuals.

This being said, the documentary has no end date as of yet, because it is determined by how long McKenna's Denson's fraud trial against the LDS Church lasts for (these things can even take years sometimes!). This will determine timeline of delivery on some rewards (but rest assured) they will come! We're committed and rip-roaring to go.

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