1522-1523: Surviving Purity Culture at BYU-Idaho – Chandler Roberson
December 20, 2021
Chandler Roberson was raised as a devout Mormon, and always wanted to be the best Mormon she could be. In her teenage years, Chandler had a few abusive relationships with Mormon boys, where she felt forced to “repent” for “sins” she never committed. Her senior year, Chandler felt pressured to break up with a non-LDS boy whom she genuinely loved, to attend BYU-Idaho and follow the ideal Mormon path.
While at BYU-Idaho, Chandler was sexually assaulted by her Family Home Evening “brother,” which led to her leaving school early, ultimately attempting to serve an LDS mission with untreated PTSD and returning home early.
Chandler eventually became a nationally-known fashion blogger at “Days of Chandler.” Later, she attempted two LDS temple marriages, both of which ended in divorce. In her view, she was too young for marriage, but felt intense pressure from LDS Church members to marry young.
We are super grateful to have Samantha Shelley of Zelph on the Shelf to co-host this interview with John Dehlin.