A Colorado woman went to the church where her alleged rapist worships and publicly confronted him during the service.
A Utah judge recently approved the woman’s lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in which she alleges the church covered up her 1984 rape at the hands of Joseph L. Bishop, former president of the church’s Missionary Training Center.
McKenna Denson flew to Arizona to attend the church of the man who sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago. At the church, she climbed the pulpit and accused him of sexual assault.
McKenna Denson was training as a missionary in 1984 in Provo, when she alleges Joseph Bishop, the Missionary Training Center’s president at the time, raped her in a basement room.
On Sunday, Denson took the pulpit in Arizona to bear testimony. While speaking on the pulpit, she says she looked directly at Bishop and told the congregation what she says he did to her all those years ago. The accusation was filmed by a cameraman Denson brought and the video was shared online. She said;
The first presidency and the quorum of the twelve apostles are covering a sexual predator that lives in your ward. His name is Joseph Bishop. He was the MTC president in 1984 when he raped me in the basement of the MTC.
While the woman was on the pulpit making the accusation, a man, believed to be Joseph Bishop’s son, is seen whispering to a church leader. Moments later, that man approaches Denson. Then, a second man approaches her. They try to make her leave the pulpit. She declines, telling them to call the police. They later put their hands on her and she claims that they are assaulting her. Eventually, they make her leave the microphone.
Denson said she wanted to be there to warn others in that church. She said many in the congregation looked uncomfortable and shocked, but adds that if she were still attending church and there were a sexual predator there, she would want to know.