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Movie Premier: No Crime In Sin

June 13, 2019

TRIGGER WARNING: This post discusses child sexual abuse, a topic that some readers may find disturbing to read about.

I don’t think I’ve ever put a trigger warning on a post before. I’ve also never bolded text in a post before. The first is probably more significant than the second.

No Crime In Sin
June 20th: 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:00
Tickets $8
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Kristy Johnson will be holding a panel discussion after the screening. Kristy is my friend. Kristy served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in Chicago the same time as I did. She’s a wonderful women with an engaging smile and a pretty horrible story.

You see, Kristy is also a victim of child sexual abuse. That’s the topic of “No Crime In Sin.” It’s a documentary about her family, and about the man who abused her and her siblings. A man whose duty was to defend her and her sister, but who instead stole their innocence.

Kristy and I hadn’t seen each other in over 30 years. We met again last fall at a missionary reunion here in Salt Lake City. We found we had a lot to talk about. My family has also suffered through childhood sexual abuse. While our stories are very different, they are also sadly very similar. Kind of the antithesis of Leo Tolstoy’s quote from Anna Karenina.

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

When it comes to child sexual abuse, most stories are very similar. Secrets. Shame. Hiding. Abuse.

One of the worst parts about abuse is that it never goes away. Sure, you can treat it. You can (and should) go through therapy. But, it’s like being in a terrible car accident where you break your leg. Eventually the bleeding stops. The doctors can treat your leg. Eventually you might even get over the pain. But, the scars are alwasy there. Every time you change your pants you are reminded. You might not be in pain, but you always remember the pain.

How people respond to abuse is as unique as the individuals involved. “No Crime In Sin” explains how Kristy and her siblings responded. They end up confronting her father about his abuse.

I’ll be out of town during the premier.

If you are in the Salt Lake City area, I recommend a visit to the Rose Wagner theater on June 20th.

But, be aware that the subject matter can be triggering.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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