I see you, and I believe you. My experience with our individual ward leaders wasn't quite so toxic, but I know that's because I was fortunate. I knew the system I was a part of. I knew what it meant. I saw it all around me.
I can't help but be proud of the mother who took a stand and filed anyway. Both my mother, and these children's mother.
I'm so, so sad that their story ended as a result. That they won't be speaking their truth about their childhood in their forties, like I am.
It's just such a fudging waste.