By Flora Jessop
From the Preface:
''My identify is flowers Jessop. i have been referred to as apostate, vigilante, and loopy whinge, and perhaps i'm. yet a few humans name me a hero, and i would wish to imagine they're correct too. If i'm a hero, might be for the reason that at any time when i will play an element in saving a baby or a girl from a lifetime of servitude and degradation, i am saving a bit piece of me, too.
i used to be one in every of twenty-eight childrens born to my dad and his 3 better halves. Indoctrinated to think that the surface global was once evil, and i resided one of the righteous, i used to be destined to marry a guy selected for me via the Prophet. i'd then reside in concord with my sister-wives, endure many childrens, and obey and serve my destiny husband during this existence and all through eternity. yet my innocence did not final lengthy. whereas nonetheless a toddler, I understood that the church of the righteous used to be not anything yet a church of lies.
while i used to be 8 years outdated my father sexually molested me for the 1st time, raping me whilst i used to be twelve. i attempted to kill myself. crushed, molested, taunted, and abused by way of relations alleging they simply desired to store my soul grew to become a regular regimen, I ran from this abuse greater than as soon as in my early teens--even trying to move the barren region taking walks. My kin hunted me down. i presumed executive enterprises would offer me security if I suggested my father. as an alternative, police and social providers colluded with the FLDS to come back me to my kinfolk and that i ended up again inside of polygamy, correct the place I started.''
vegetation is going on from there to inform the dramatic actual tale of ways she finally escaped and has been combating opposed to problematic hindrances with challenging fought successes in rescuing girls and kids from the FLDS. it is a tale you cannot placed down.
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Extra resources for Church of Lies
But the consequence of their brief visit was lasting terror. Any time outsiders would find their way into our community, everybody would run inside and lock the doors, hiding from the evil ones and praying for salvation. Parents used this intense fear to control their children, the same way they’d been taught as children. The brainwashing began in Sunday school. Over and over we were regaled with the gory details of the state government’s 1953 raid on Short Creek, Arizona—Short Creek was the original name of Colorado City, our home.
But it seemed that I wasn’t safe anywhere. * Not his real name. indd 30 11/25/08 10:49:08 AM Home Sweet Home 31 We often took trips to Rulon Jeffs’s compound, just south of Salt Lake City, where my father worked as an electrician for some companies owned by the Jeffs family. Rulon was a savvy businessman and accountant. He served on several boards of directors for Utah-based corporations and had founded the very profitable Utah Tool and Die Company. He was also the leader of an estimated 1,000 followers of the FLDS church in the Salt Lake area.
So on July 26, 1953, Arizona governor Howard Pyle ordered a massive police raid on the polygamists of Short Creek. It should have been an easy win for the government, but it wasn’t. Authorities arrested 122 polygamists, and 263 children were placed in foster care. The newspapers had a field day. Photographs showed sobbing children being taken from their mothers, while their fathers were arrested and hustled off to jail. Much like the raids involving the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, and Randy Weaver and his family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, years later, the Short Creek raid was a public relations nightmare.