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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 Carolyn Jessop stated in her book that she endured regular unwanted sexual relations with Jessop in exchange for better emotional treatment.

Jessop had eight children with her husband, the last four after she was warned against further pregnancies by her doctors. The final pregnancy was life-threatening and required an emergency hysterectomy , during which time, Jessop maintains that, her husband and his family regarded her condition with uninterest. Jessop contends that the resulting freedom from pregnancy helped her escape from her abusive marriage and volatile home situation.

Jessop also reveals the various sources of strength and resources on which she has drawn as she overcame the obstacles to achieving success after a lifetime of trauma living inside a cult. She stated her opinion that the action in Texas was unlike the Short Creek raid in Arizona.

In the case of Teas v. As was acknowledged by both parties, Carolyn had to physically force her to leave the FLDS when she was thirteen. I spent four years [in mainstream society], and there is nothing there for me.

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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

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It also reveals step by step, how she came to reject the beliefs of the sect. When she decided that her only option was to escape, the book describes her meticulous planning and her willingness to seize the moment. The book also reveals the determination of the sect to control and suppress dissent in its ranks. After Carolyn Jessop escaped with her eight children, the book describes her challenges in evading sect members who went looking for her and the children, how she won legal custody of her children, how she coped with post-traumatic stress and how she helped the children to adapt to life in the wider community. Her eldest son was also torn between loyalty to his mother and father. Jessop used her eldest son as bait to serve court papers on his father. Despite this, she was able to preserve her relationship with her son and he decided to become a pilot and break his ties with the sect.

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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.

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