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"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too. 

I was one of 28 children born to my dad and his three wives. Indoctrinated to believe that the outside world was evil, and that I resided among the righteous, I was destined to marry a man chosen for me by the Prophet. I would then live in harmony with my sister-wives, bear many children, and obey and serve my future husband in this life and throughout eternity. But my innocence didn't last long. While still a child, I understood that the church of the righteous was nothing but a church of lies. 

When I was eight years old my father sexually molested me for the first time, raping me when I was 12. I tried to kill myself. Beaten, molested, taunted, and abused by family members alleging they only wanted to save my soul became a daily routine, I ran from this abuse more than once in my early teens - even attempting to cross the desert on foot. My family hunted me down. I thought government agencies would provide me safety if I reported my father. Instead, police and social services colluded with the FLDS to return me to my family and I ended up back inside polygamy, right where I started." 

Flora goes on from there to tell the dramatic true story of how she ultimately escaped and has been fighting against frustrating obstacles with hard-fought successes in rescuing women and children from the FLDS. It's a story you can't put down. 

©2009 Flora Jessop and Paul T. Brown (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Granny of 9
  • 02-08-20

So sad!

Sickening how people can be so brainwashed! And how we as a society don’t help these children.

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  • Fr0gStar
  • 16-01-21

One of the best accounts of this topic

Upfront honesty from the first chapter, Flora shares the challenges of being raised FLDS. The timeframe spans from the 1980s until 2012. No topic is off- limits, helping the audience understand the insidious nature of FLDS leadership, along with the long-term psychological effects on current or former members. This book includes accounts of horrific, sanctioned abuse by FLDS members as well as hope, dedication, and amazing perseverance..

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  • 01-09-21

Amazing, horrendous abuse, and triumph.

This book has left me speechless. What a horrific cult and prison FLDS is. It’s hard to here the details of abuse, however, the people who have gone through this need us to be educated. Flora is a hero and has done a work that is invaluable trying to help her old community and anyone else who has suffered. Worth purchasing this, if only to support her but also for the education and awareness.

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  • Jayn S. Dyer
  • 11-04-21

Great listen

I love true stories of overcomes and this one didn’t disappoint. It grabbed me from the start and I wanted to keep listening. It was very informative about all the evils of polygamy and the cult it was. I had no idea this kind of corruption and abuse in the name of religion was going on here in the United States.

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  • Suzanne Guzman
  • 02-03-21

Amazing story!

Amazing story of such bravery. So glad there are people in this world like Flora Jessup, to fight for the rights of these poor abused woman and children.