The "glass" is no longer dark, it is clearing by the moment! How tragic that some have to suffer abuse while we the lucky cannot even imagine the depth of their pain or the effects upon them attempting/pretending normalcy.
"The sins of the fathers visited upon ??? generations." Little did we imagine...
It is hard for us to expect common men, who are volunteering there personal to fulfill a calling to always be smart enough to handle issues as heavy as sexual abuse.
You are absolutely correct! And the reason why THE church must advance to a more "Professional Ministry". Not that that will solve all problems, but it would at least make for a heightened degree of credibility and responsibility.
To depend upon part-time amateurs to attend to parishoners in the 21st century, as they did in the 19th, is unreasonable if not unconscionable when considered in our advancing state of social-emotional hygiene.
My personal 50+ years of LDS experience, in maaany "callings", has left me with sure knowledge that we have not always been well served by "leaders" attempting to administer out of a hand-book in subject areas they barely understood the terminology of. Or by "leaders" who would "spin" their way around details to avoid and deny the reality of serious offences to escape public ridicule.
Two cases in point: When an EQP was accused of molesting a 14 year old baby-sitter, the prime question of the GA who investigated, in my presence as the BRP, was, "... was there penetration?..." The EQP was disfellowshipped for several months and the girl wasn't even questioned, or comforted, to the best of my recollection.
As a verrry-mature student at BYUH, called as ExSec in my Ward, i was privy to goings-on in the area. It was a time of considerable attacks on women and B&Es. At a specially called meeting of municiple (Honolulu) and church officers, i was appalled by church officials not wanting municipal involvement in the remedy! Tax paying citizens were denied the benefit of tax paid for police protection giving way to volunteer street patrols by LDS Vigilante types organized under Stake Leader?ship!! It was a "revelation" that was an "awakening" very "disillusioning" and consequently "enlightening"!
I think this investigation and judgement should be cheered by responsible LDS. This is not something to lament or attempt to deny, under-rate or find excuses for. It is house-cleaning and a call for institution examination all too long in coming, IMSCO, that is.