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Church of Lies by Flora Jessop
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Feb 08, 2010

it was amazing

This book adds another dimension to the stories of the FLDS told by others (Brent Jeffs, Elissa Wall, Carolyn Jessop), that being the complicity of local and state governments and law enforcement in widespread FLDS crimes and abuses, particularly those perpetrated against children. Whether through fear, ignorance, legal constraints, laziness or outright corruption, state authorities in Utah and Arizona, particularly CPS and juvenile courts, continually turned a blind eye to the physical and emotional abuse of minors in the community. This book shows how children fleeing from these abuses were betrayed or returned to their homes over and over again.

The author shares both her experience with abuse as a child, as well as her crusade to force authorities to take this abuse seriously as an adult. (While not a focus of the book, it certainly makes the reader grateful that the FLDS chose Texas as it's next Zion - a state that turned out to be not nearly as afraid to take on the FLDS power structure, enforce sex abuse laws, and protect children.) Even if you've read all the others, this is one not to miss! Great book and great heroine.
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