The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with. Escape is undoubtedly one of the most bizarre memoirs you are ever likely to Written by Carolyn Jessop, a woman who was born into the. A member of Warren Jeff’s fundamentalist cult, Jessop talks about escaping a brutal life, what it was like being one wife of many, and why she.

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Flight and Fight: Escape from Polygamy | Mount Holyoke College

Read more Read less. This book is horrifying, but fascinating.

It’s hard to read because her tale is one of non-stop abuse, from the apocalyptic nightmare that was drilled into her head as a child to the regular violence committed against women and children in the community in the name of God. The question of how much the government should intervene in groups like these is, to say the least, a thorny one, particularly when most victims are too terrified to go against everything they have been taught to testify against their abusers. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Through his carefully chosen leadership, he continues to control every aspect of the eescape lives even from prison. This is the most thorough detailing of this particular cultural and religious context to jesspo sect’s mode reality that I’ve ever come across. I met a woman who had written a book and was actively helping girls escape.

How wonderful is individual found identity of value! Though those in favor of polygamy may wax poetic about how wonderful and supportive it is to have “sister-wives,” the dynamic in Jessop’s family was one of ruthless competition, with women who had no rights of their own battling for their husband’s attention in order to ensure such basic needs as food and protection for their children.


Flight and Fight: Escape from Polygamy

My general attitude towards the whole FLDS culture including Warren Jeffs, when he was getting tons of news coverage was, “Well, that’s their thing. This story blew my mind away. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

It was frowned upon for a man to eecape his wife, but they did it all the time. I’m not sure what’s more outrageous – the fact that this book is NOT fiction, or the fact that this craziness is going on in the 21st century United States.

When you read the book, you will find out how truly brave she was for even attempting to get them all out. But beyond the servile and abusive to individuality “form” is also the occurrence of vile eescape perpetrators becoming authority at the “head” in this time and in Carolyn’s esape. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her.

Wives and children eked out their survival in a cutthroat environment they carokyn create, jostling for position and advantage within their families and bullying whomever they could. Some of the leaders are believed to have fifty, sixty, or even one hundred wives. I just thank God that America’s Most Wanted was able to “capture” the guy that became the Leader You hear about these things,but wonder to yourself if it’s really true,and then put it out of your mind.

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In a decidedly patriarchal culture, she often spoke her mind, and she talked Merril into letting her go to college. Broadway Books; Reprint edition December 30, Language: You’d turn everything in. This to me sounds a lot like a plan we already rejected once.


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Jessop arrived on-site Sunday, April 6, in hopes of reuniting two of her daughters with their half-siblings. They sewed an image of the St. They believe that having multiple wives will get you into heaven – where those lucky wives will continue to serve their husbands for all eternity!

She had spent seventeen years married to a man more than thirty years her senior and lived under constant controlling scrutiny from her husband and his family.

She is clearly a very independent thinker and was willing to question that which challenged her beliefs.

Subsequently, she sued for custody of her children, and in became ezcape first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS. These women are systematically denied medical treatment for pregnancy, labor, mental illness, genetic conditions, and basically anything else – but Jessop she was able to fight in her own way by defying and outsmarting the priesthood in order to get her carllyn son the help he needed while she was in the FDLS.

Polygamy Survivor Carolyn Jessop

That background gives you a glimpse into the author’s previous life. Merril wasn’t at all careful. This was no small victory.