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Ms. Flora Jessop

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Child Protection Project

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Child Protection Project

3700 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 1050-B

Los Angeles, California 90010

United States

Company Description

Child Protection Project is dedicated to raising awareness about issues of child abuse within polygamy and other religious organizations. We are particularly interested in how institutions, especially churches, ignore child abuse reporting requirements; a... more

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FLDS

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Fundamental Latter Day Saints

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Warren Jeffs

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In the News

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Flora Jessop, ED, Child Protection Project


Flora Jessop's "Church of ...

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Flora Jessop's "Church of Lies: The True Story of Escaping Slavery and Polygamy, and Rescuing Women and Children from the Notorious Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints" will hit bookstore shelves in February 2009. It's being published by Jossey-Bass, a division of Wiley Publishing. "It's a book about my life, about what I come from and why I do what I do," Jessop told the Deseret News on Thursday. "I think that it's important to know why I do what I do, and for people to know why I'm fighting for these children. In the book's preface, Jessop said she was one of 28 children born to her father and his three wives. At 8, she said she began being sexually abused and tried to run away throughout her teenage years. She finally left the church about 20 years ago, enduring a rough life until she became an advocate for abused children in polygamy. Jessop now heads the Phoenix-based Child Protection Project, where she has helped women and children seeking to leave the FLDS communities of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.

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When Flora Jessop was 16, she was forced to marry her own cousin. She was forced to do it because a "prophet" told her to. Jessop spent the first 16 years of her life as a prisoner to a fundamentalist sect of the Church of Latter Day Saints - a cult that practices an extreme version of the Mormon faith. The church alienates its followers from the outside world, practices polygamy and strips women of virtually all autonomy, she said. She chronicled her experience in the memoir "Church of Lies. She will be at Hastings on Main Street today from 1 to 3 p.m. for a book signing and discussion. Jessop was lucky to escape from the isolated religious compound where she was raised in Arizona. It was only by the permission of her husband - and cousin - that she was permitted to leave. Although men are free to leave, woman are held against their will. "If women and girls leave, they are hunted down," she said. "They are the prize. You need women and girls to continue and make the next generation. Marriages are all arranged by a single male leader, or a group of male leaders, who are viewed as prophets. She said girls are forced into marriage as young as 8. Like all members of the church, Jessop was born into it.


The Times Observer

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Flora Jessop knows the type of mistreatment that young girls face in a polygamy camp. Because she says she lived in one in her own youth. She has used words "slavery" and "abuse" to describe her hellish conditions and even with the lack of help from her state's Division of Children and Family Services, she was finally able to escape.

And it would be even more of a nightmare when there was a lack of help to rescue her 14-year-old sister, Ruby, from her marriage to her own stepbrother in 2001, Jessop stated.
That is why Jessop is the executive director of Child Protection Project, an advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness of the abuse of women and children who live in polygamy camps and religious organizations throughout the country.


Centennial Park Action Committee

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Jessop and her cousin, Flora Jessop, executive director of the non-profit Child Protection Project, testified before the House Human Services Committee in support of House Bill 2325, which would bar courts from giving sole or joint custody to someone who engages in polygamy or child bigamy.


Centennial Park Action Committee

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Jessop and her cousin, Flora Jessop, executive director of the non-profit Child Protection Project, testified before the House Human Services Committee in support of House Bill 2325, which would bar courts from giving sole or joint custody to someone who engages in polygamy or child bigamy.

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