Rob Porter, and Mormonism’s #MeToo Moment

( CNN) Colbie Holderness says she convened Rob Porter at a Mormon student congregation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lifelong Mormons, they married in the church in 2003. When Porter diverted abusive and their wedlock travelled bad, Holderness said, they turned to the church for counseling.

Both of the women Porter has been married to — Holderness and Jennie Willoughby — shared with CNN this week the unique role the Mormon church played in their uneasy relationships.

For countless Mormons, the first wrinkle of help outside the family is often the local bishop, a role rather akin to a pastor or a rabbi. But, unlike those clergy, the Mormon priesthood is occupied by part-time recline people with little formal training in pastoral employ or advise. And they are all men.