When you have an issue with your church, it’s worth checking with the church’s leadership.
Here are some things you should know.1.
What you can do to protect yourself in your faithThe following steps are intended to help you protect yourself against hate crimes.2.
Where to turn for helpIf you’ve had a hate crime or other incident reported, call 1-800-273-8255 and the local police department.
They’ll ask you if you want to report it to the local sheriff’s office.3.
How to protect your familyWhen you’re in your family’s home, do your best to protect them.
Do not go into your room.
Do your best not to make eye contact with your family members.
Keep them away from your loved ones.4.
Know your rightsWhen you are asked to identify yourself, you must say, “I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
If someone else does this, you can be charged with a hate crimes offense.5.
Know what’s happening in your communityIf you witness a hate-motivated crime, contact your local police.
You should also speak to the community and tell them what you saw, where the crime happened, and what you heard.6.
Get help for yourselfIf you’re the victim of a hate or other crime, call 911 and the police department to report the incident.
You may be able to get help for the perpetrator and for yourself.7.
Learn more about hate crime laws and how to report themIf you are a member or follower of The Mormon Church, learn more about the laws against hate-crime crimes in the Church’s Handbook of Instructions.