I was molested by my grandfather from the age of 3 to 7. He was also molesting his daughter (my aunt) and maybe others. It was covered over and my entire family was actually shunned when we went to the elders when I was 18. I did not tell anyone about it until then because my grandfather had me believing our relationship was special and it was our little secret.
When confronted, he of course denied it. My mother even spoke up of a time when he had tried to molest her when she was 8 months pregnant with one of my brothers. I know this happened because I saw it happen with my own eyes and I remember feeling jealous.
My mother went to my dad but my dad refused to believe her because he couldn't fathom that his own father would do such a thing. My parents did not know that it was happening to me, but my mom had seen my grandfather doing things to my aunt and she told my dad and my dad didn't believe her and nothing was ever done about it. My mother suffers to this day with guilt that she didn't go to the authorities, but my dad being an elder talked her out of it, so she did the good little wife thing and shut up and said nothing, all the while my poor aunt was going through hell.
When I was 18, we went to the elders about it and they talked to my grandfather and he denied it and they then said there was nothing they could do about it because it was hearsay. We lost all of our friends who were friends with them because they all sided with him against us.
My grandfather died in '03 at the age of 81 and nothing ever happened to him.
For a long time, I had wondered if I had made it up in my head, but I don't think so because my mom did say she saw me doing things in public with my grandfather that were just not right and she even confronted him about it and he said nothing was happening that she was seeing things.
The cover up is unbelievable. It is sad that children are less important than the sanctity of the organization. My grandfather was a bigwig CO in Los Vegas and could never do any wrong. I have suffered all of my life over this and I still have problems with it.
Thank you for listening.