Why are People of Color absent from progressive Mormon movements like Protect LDS Children? Are black women overlooked when it comes to issues of ‘Mormon Me Too’? Why must we be sensitive to how trauma effects specific populations in regards to abuse and oppression? How do race and gender impact these issues within the church? Why are cultural appropriations so problematic? How can we foster inclusion and promote multi-perspectivity within activism and advocacy?

Lesley sits down with Mica McGriggs, Ph.D and psychologist focused on racial trauma, and documentarians, Kristina Smith and Spencer Allred, to discuss Kristina’s and Spencer’s upcoming documentary, “The Hushed Ones,” about sexual abuse in the Mormon church and the intersection of race and culture within progressive Mormon activism. We dig deep into the topics of dogma, dichotomy, division, and diversity in this important and enlightening discussion.

***This podcast has a TW for sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual, ecclesiastical abuse and racial and cultural issues.***


The Hushed Ones Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

The Hushed Ones Website

Protect LDS Children

Ordain Women

September Six Wiki 


Lesley holds an RN, BSN from the University of Texas. Lesley has authored several published articles across a variety of platforms and is a frequent media contributor. She functions as a Community Health Nurse for vulnerable populations and serves as a survivor advocate for victims of abuse. She aims to raise awareness of the effects of trauma on individuals and how trauma impacts community systems. Lesley has certifications and training in Trauma-Informed Care, Community Advocacy, Faith and Spiritual Development, Familial Mental Health, Culturally Competent Care, Domestic Violence Awareness, and Resiliency Development. Lesley lives in Virginia with her 4 children and her really hyper chihuahua, named Chaos.

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