Michelle G edited the summary of Stolen Innocence Sunday, August 28, 2011.
Elissa writes a very personal account of the horror of growing up in the FLDS under the rein of Warren Jeffs where men are Gods and women are brood mares. Her escape is a double edged sword as her freedom means her separation from family and the protection of the church. Very educational learning how power and control in name of God and the right to enter the kingdom of heaven relies on the ability to be subserviant, abused sexually and staying sweet which is being a professional victim to others and a betrayal of self. I often found myself wondering why she didn't run as far as possible from this cult but her and others that escaped felt a survivors guilt and a longing to help other young women get free that kept them tied to the community even though they were apostates and their attemps at help were seen by the FLDS as the devils work. A must read especially in light of the recent Warren Jeffs conviction, Elissa may have prevented hundreds of women and children from being abused with her strength to come forward and reveal these horrible truths.