It's amusing how many people now want to take credit for the fall of Warren Jeffs. It's a seductive story. Everybody wants to be seen as the hero...--After reading Carolyn Jessop's two books, Escape and Triumph, about the abuse in the FLDS polygamous cult, I decided I wanted to learn more.
But Flora Jessop--well, she's the real McCoy--one of the original warriors and genuine heroes. In fact, in many ways, Flora Jessop and a childhood friend of hers from Colorado City are truly Arizona's Founding Mothers of this hard-fought, human rights revolution. A campaign that had to overcome more than a half-century of institutionalized neglect and indifference on the part of Utah and Arizona officials before a man like Warren Jeffs could finally be brought to justice.
There are people who might dispute that claim--but I would argue that they are people who either don't really know the story or are lying to cover their own asses.--Mike Watkiss
--Flora Jessop is Carolyn Jessop's cousin, since most of the FLDS community are related to each other. Flora escaped long before Carolyn, while she was still a teenager. Flora was being sexually assaulted by her father from a very young age. She tried to escape numerous times before she was eventually successful.
--Flora's book details her early childhood, her escape from the FLDS cult and her struggle to live a normal life afterwards. She eventually finds peace and a good life in the outside world. It is then that she begins to help many other women and teenagers who want to escape from the FLDS as well.
--The more I learn about the FLDS cult, the more like the mob they seem. They indoctrinate, brainwash and abuse their members in order to keep them imprisoned. They don't want you to escape to tell the truth, so they manipulate and try to control your every move. If you do escape, they hunt you down and try everything in their power to force you to return.
--The women that are able to escape intact, are some of the bravest and most courageous warriors I have ever seen.
--Flora Jessop is the Executive Director of The Child Protection Project, which is an amazing organization helping many escape their lives of abuse in the FLDS.
--To this day, Jessop continues to fight for victims of abuse, wherever they may be. As Mike Watkiss says, she is one of the "original warriors and genuine heroes" of this movement.