SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court accuses the Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts of America of covering up sexual abuse. The three men filing the suit are coming forward after three decades of silence.
The suit claims the three brothers were children when they told the Mormon church that they had been abused hundreds of times by church official, Eugene Bill Knox, who was also their Boy Scout leader. Kelly Clark is their attorney.
“Most child abuse survivors shove this away and it becomes a secret,” he said.
Knox brought the family into the church and married their mother. They say they don’t blame her, but they definitely blame the church and the Boy scouts.
“The Mormon Church failed,” one said. “They betrayed me.”
The brothers, who grew up in the South Bay, have declined to give their names and are identified in the suit as John Does. This is one of three sex abuse suits filed against the Mormon Church this week. The others are in Portland and Seattle.