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Warren Jeffs’ daughter speaks out for the first time about what she endured in his polygamist cult


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Kelly Today”

  • Rachel Jeffs, the daughter of polygamist cult leader
    Warren Jeffs, spoke out on “Megyn Kelly Today” about the sexual
    abuse she endured at her father’s hands when she was a
    child.
  • Warren Jeffs is the self-described “prophet” of the
    FLDS Church, a Mormon fundamentalist cult that has been
    disavowed by mainstream Mormons.
  • He was convicted in 2011 of child passionate attack and is
    portion a life sentence, yet he continues to control the
    church to this day.
  • Rachel Jeffs, who transient the church in 2015, pronounced her
    father began sexually abusing her when she was eight years
    old.

The daughter of the polygamist cult personality Warren Jeffs spoke out
on “Megyn Kelly Today”
about her upbringing as a member of the FLDS Church and the
passionate abuse she suffered at the hands of her father when she was
a child.

Rachel Jeffs, who also sum the abuse in an arriving book
titled
“Breaking Free,” told Kelly in an talk that aired Friday
that her father abused her “way some-more times than we can count,”
starting with an occurrence that occurred when she was eight years
old.

“Very shockingly, father started abusing me sexually, first
presenting what a man looked like to me as a child, and then he
started sexually abusing me as a immature child,” Jeffs said. “It
was so against his teachings, so against what he had taught us
that we didn’t even know what to think, and we just felt terrible.
we didn’t know since he was doing it.”

Jeffs pronounced she eventually told her mom about the abuse when
she was 10 years old, and yet her mom confronted Warren
Jeffs, the abuse continued. He would even bring her to bookstores
and force her to demeanour at racy images, Jeffs said.

“I just remember meditative if my father’s doing this and the world
is wickeder, are the world’s fathers even worse than this?” Jeffs
said. “I remember thinking, ‘Well, maybe we should be grateful
that it’s only this bad.'”

Eventually, when she grew older, Jeffs’ father organised for her
to marry a 25-year-old man who already had two wives, and whom
she had only met one day before their wedding. Jeffs pronounced her
father brought her into his bureau on the morning of the wedding
and told her to ask her husband to give her a baby after that
night, which she pronounced she didn’t do since she didn’t feel
ready.

“He said, ‘I wish you to ask for a baby tonight. we wish you to
ask your husband for a baby tonight. we wish you to get close
fast.’ we had a tough time, and we was like, ‘Do we have to?’ and he
said, ‘Yes, we wish you to do this. Promise me,'” Jeffs said.

Jeffs pronounced nonetheless her husband was kind, their polygamist
matrimony was “difficult.” There was heated adversary between the
“sister wives,” which only heightened over the years as more
women assimilated the marriage, she said.

“A lot of jealousy and bad feelings. You wish your husband to be
your best friend, but you feel as if he’s always branch against
you,” Jeffs said. “At the same time, my sister wives did not
enjoy me coming into the family. They felt like my husband loved
me some-more than them, and so they treated me badly.”

When Kelly asked Jeffs about the inlet of her sexual
attribute with her husband, Jeffs replied that sex with
polygamist men was “very much” a biased affair.

“I consider that’s how polygamist men are, since they’re just so
used to appreciative themselves. They’re like the aristocrat in the house
and the wives are just their servants,” she said.

Warren Jeffs still runs the church from his jail cell


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In
this Jul 28, 2011 photo, Polygamist group personality Warren Jeffs
arrives at the Tom Green County Courthouse in San Angelo,
Texas.

Associated Press/Tony
Gutierrez


Warren Jeffs was convicted in 2011
on one count of aggravated passionate attack of a 12-year-old girl,
and passionate attack of a 15-year-old girl, both of whom Jeffs
claimed were his “spiritual wives.” He was condemned to life in
jail and 20 years.

Yet Warren Jeffs has confirmed his hold over the FLDS Church to
this day, promulgation the members increasingly despotic and
weird manners they had to follow, according to Rachel
Jeffs. While many of the manners endangered the members’
wardrobe and food, Jeffs pronounced her father would also lot out
punishments to members he believed had committed sins.

The punishment that pushed Jeffs over the corner — and eventually
stirred her to desert the church — was when her father sent her
to live detached from her children for 7 months since he
believed that she had had sex with her husband while she was
pregnant.

“The some-more we pronounced we didn’t, the some-more he accused us,” Jeffs said.
“And we felt that he was punishing me for what he did to me. Like
he was trying to mangle me and make me feel like we was worse than
him. And we wouldn’t let myself go there. we knew he had done
wrong, and we didn’t wish to let him mangle me.”

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