Days after molesting David, Van Wagenen’s son's friend, Sterling Van Wagenen turned himself into police at the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office. In a transcript obtained by the Truth & Transparency Foundation (TTF), Van Wagenen implies he was encouraged to turn himself in by his therapist in Provo, Utah.
The TTF unequivocally supports California SB 360. It both protects survivors of abuse and holds religious institutions accountable while respecting the constitutional right to religious freedom. Religious repentance should always include restitution, and, in all criminal situations like that of abuse, restitution can only be made when justice is served by the laws of the land.
On February 4, 2019, rumors of the release of a new Elders manual, meant only for the eyes of the top leaders in each congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW), began to surface on ex-JW forums across the Internet. Less than 24 hours later, the manual was leaked and seemingly non-stop analysis and comparison to previous versions began. In addition to the already released Elders manual, today the TTF also releases another internal manual, often informally referred to as the “branch manual”.
In an audio recording obtained by the Truth & Transparency Foundation (TTF), Van Wagenen describes a double life he lived for decades. After recognizing his bisexuality, he admitted to multiple extramarital affairs with both men and women, as well as one instance of sex abuse perpetrated on a minor.
According to an email obtained by the Truth & Transparency Foundation (TTF), a Mormon leader asked members to attend one of the three information sessions and oppose proposed sex education curriculum changes. According to the leader, the proposed curriculum contains “...highly offensive, controversial, age-inappropriate and inaccurate material that would be inconsistent with the standards of any home, family or parent in our stake.”
On the afternoon of Monday December 31, 2018, the Truth and Transparency Foundation (TTF) was issued four separate takedown requests for a total of 63 documents. The request came from the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, more commonly known as “Watch Tower”, the governing organization of the religious group known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses
We, at the TTF, believe that any exemption of clergy members in mandatory reporting laws is an affront to the safety and well-being of abuse survivors and provides an environment where predators are enabled.
To answer the demand for similar results across the entire spectrum of high demand religions, the MormonLeaks team is pleased today to announce FaithLeaks. FaithLeaks, like MormonLeaks, is founded on the belief that increased transparency results in fewer untruths, less corruption, and less abuse in any organization.