My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
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In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St. George, Utah,
as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect
Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to
first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid
to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing
realities of this closed community and the lengths to which
in order to control the sect's women.
Now, in this
memoir, Elissa Wall tells the incredible and inspirational
story of how
she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church
Day Saints (FLDS) and helped bring one of America's most
criminals to justice. Offering a child's perspective on life
FLDS, Wall discusses her tumultuous youth, explaining how
turbulent past intersected with her strong will and
identified her as a
girl who needed to be controlled through marriage. Detailing
Jeffs's influence over the church twisted its already rigid
dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable
unrelenting pressure that forced her to wed despite her repeated
protests that she was too young.
Once she was
childhood shattered as she was obligated to follow Jeffs's
and submit to her husband in "mind, body, and soul." With
and no knowledge of the outside world, she was trapped and
endure the pain and abuse of her loveless relationship, which
eventually pushed her to spend nights sleeping in her truck
face the tormentor in her bed.
Yet even in those
she retained a sliver of hope that one day she would find a
and one snowy night that came in the form of a rugged
Lamont Barlow. Their chance encounter set in motion a
eventual romance that gave her the strength she needed to
from her past and sever the chains of the church.
But though she was out of the FLDS, Wall would still have to
face Jeffs—this time in court. In Stolen Innocence,
she delves into the difficult months on the outside that led
come forward against him, working with prosecutors on one of the
biggest criminal cases in Utah's history, so that other
inside the church might be spared her cruel fate.
More than a tale of survival and freedom, Stolen
Innocence is the story of one heroic woman who stood up
for what was right and reclaimed her life.
1 comment posted.
Re: Stolen Innocence
Thank you for having the courage to share your story with us. I imagine that it can be very difficult to deviate from what you are taught as a child and teenager. What my parents, family and church taught me from my birth are still very important to me, but it is much less restrictive than what you must have experienced. May God protect and keep you as you now travel a different path. I'll try to find your book.
(Sigrun Schulz 12:24pm July 29, 2011)
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