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Elizabeth Smart had thoughts of suicide

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It is suicide prevention month so this month has a lot of suicide awareness news in the media. This article was published in the Salt Lake Tribune and highlights some past statements by church leaders but then also highlights the changes official church handbooks and sources have undergone. I am happy the church has changed a few things the last few years. http://www.sltrib.com/religion/local/2017/09/19/elizabeth-smart-reveals-she-considered-suicide-after-she-was-raped/  

"Today, the LDS Church takes a healthier approach in its official pronouncements.Its “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet, given to youth in the faith, says that “a victim of assault or abuse has not in any way had their virtue or value taken from them.” The “daughters of the Lamanites” verse was removed from young women‘s “virtue” study last year.  Rape victims “are not guilty of sin,” states the church’s Handbook 1, used by local lay leaders. “Church leaders should be sensitive to such victims and give caring attention to help them overcome the destructive effects of abuse.” That can include thoughts of suicide — for rape survivors of all backgrounds."

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