Big Love on HBO leads to polygamy convictions?
I can think of no other reason why anyone's choosing to pay attention to the dire situation. Thanks to the LA Times for doing such an in-depth piece!
Quick (horrifying) bits:
• Brent Jeffs reported being sodomized repeatedly at age 5 by the principal of his school — an uncle who would later become religious leader of the community — current fugitive Warren Jeffs.
• Sara Hammon said her father, a prominent religious leader with 19 wives, routinely molested her, even sliding his hand up her dress while on his deathbed.
• More than 400 boys, some as young as 13, have been thrown out of town for church infractions such as wearing short-sleeved shirts or talking to girls. Some, referred to locally as "Lost Boys," were dumped along the road with only the clothes they were wearing, and banned from contact with their families.
...."I saw it as a victory, but the fact that he spent 13 days in jail for molesting five daughters is pretty amazing," he said. "The fact that the judge went along with it is one of the most surprising things."...
...Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss, who presided over the case, said it was really just "a little bit of breast touching."...