When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher.
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When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives.
He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse at her own peril. 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.
No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in , Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS.
And in , her reports to the Utah attorney general on church abuses formed a crucial part of the case that led to the arrest of their notorious leader, Warren Jeffs.
Polygamy Survivor Carolyn Jessop
Subsequently, she sued for custody of her children, and in became "the first woman ever granted full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the FLDS. It was published by the Broadway division of Random House. She is a sixth-generation descendant of a polygamous family, all of whom were faithful members of the FLDS church. Jessop describes her relationship to her parents as emotionally distant, with her father dominating her mother, and her mother taking out her anger on the children with such regularity that the children soon devised a strategy to get their beatings "out of the way" in the mornings. She spent most of her childhood in Colorado City, Arizona. She graduated from high school at the age of Jessop intended to attend college and then go to medical school to study pediatric medicine; instead, she was forced into an arranged marriage to Merril Jessop at age
Jun 20, Laura Debenham rated it liked it I sat up til 2 A. It was an intense experience. It made me grieve for the inequities in my own culture between men and women along with the fear that holds me down. Having lived near Colorado City, reading this book made me look back on my experience living in St. George, Utah with new eyes.
After all, her own father had three wives by the time she was in fourth grade. Last month, the FLDS was in the news when its leader, Warren Jeffs, was found guilty of being an accessory to rape for forcing a year-old girl in the group to marry her year-old cousin. Jessop, 38, tells her extraordinary story in a riveting new book, Escape Broadway. How did you feel?