Saturday, November 18, 2017

Daughter says she was abused by polygamous sect leader

RECOMMENDED READING


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A daughter of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs said he sexually abused her for years when she was a child growing up in the secretive group, according to an interview aired Friday on "Megyn Kelly Today."

Rachel Jeffs, now 33, told NBC News the abuse began when she was 8 and happened countless times, despite her mother's attempt to intervene, before she confronted him about it in a letter at age 16.

Other former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including son Roy Jeffs, have also accused him of sexually abusing them as children. Rachel Jeffs has penned a book about her experiences titled "Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs."

Warren Jeffs is serving a life prison sentence in Texas for assaulting girls he considered wives. He does not have a lawyer and did not respond to NBC's request for comment.

At age 18, Rachel Jeffs was informed she would become the third wife of a man in the group, a breakaway sect based along the Utah-Arizona border. The prospect left her shaken and afraid, as did her father's suggestion that she try to become pregnant with her new husband's child on the day of the wedding.

She left the group after her father sent her away from her children for months at a time over perceived wrongs she denied committing.

"I felt that he was punishing me for what he did to me. Like he was trying to break me and make me feel like I was worse than him," she said. "And I wouldn't let myself go there. I knew he had done wrong, and I didn't want to let him break me."

Comments

Geisenberger leads German sweep in luge opener in Austria

Natalie Geisenberger leads German sweep in women's World Cup luge in Austria
Updated: 3 minutes ago

Israel fires 'warning shot' after Syrian border construction

The Israeli military says it has fired a tank shell into Syria as a "warning shot" after the Syrian military conducted prohibited construction along their border
Updated: 6 minutes ago

States ranked by claims for state and local tax deductions

States ranked by claims for state and local tax deductions
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP

Tax filers in most states claim deduction targeted by GOP

Residents of high-tax states would be affected most by the GOP's plan to eliminate or reduce the deduction for state and local taxes, but the change also could affect millions of other filers, including some in Republican-led states
Updated: 7 minutes ago
As sex harassment scandal grows, minorities seldom involved

As sex harassment scandal grows, minorities seldom involved

In the month since dozens of women accused Harvey Weinstein of rape or sexual harassment, an avalanche of similar declarations have been highly publicized from all walks of life
Updated: 8 minutes ago

AP Top News at 9:45 a.m. EST

AP Top News at 9:45 a.m. EST
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Designer Azzedine Alaia, known for clingy style, dies at 77

Designer Azzedine Alaia, known for clingy style, dies at 77

Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, an iconoclast whose clingy dresses marked the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died at age 77
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe; 'It's like Christmas'
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe; 'It's like Christmas'
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Lebanon's PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

Lebanon's PM Hariri says he will be in Beirut within days

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return home in the coming days for the first time since making a strange resignation announcement from Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a political crisis in Lebanon
Updated: 12 minutes ago