Sex Offender - Polygamy
Polygamy not withstanding, it is critical, as citizens and keepers of justice, that we familiarize ourselves with the spousal sexual assault laws. "We are not only responsible for what we do, but also, for that what we don't do." Voltaire.
Warren Steed Jeffs (born December 3, 1955 in San Francisco, California) is the leader of a controversial Mormon fundamentalist polygamist sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church).
Warren Jeffs, leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Arizona City, AZ., is on trial in St. George, UT, charged for child rape, as well as for, in some cases, personally conducting, marriages of underage girls to older men; some of whom were three times as old as their young "spiritual wives."
Jeffs is also charged with two counts of being an accomplice in the rape of a child. The charges stem from a case of one particular underage marriage. Tying into the alleged rape is the background of how the forced marriage came to be: the polygamy practiced by the group, the control that Jeffs exercises over the 6,000 to 8,000 members of the FLDS (including about 600 in Bountiful, B.C.) and what the church's members are taught.
The FLDS is a breakaway sect that has no affiliation with the Mormon church. The charges against Mr. Jeffs alleges he arranged the marriage between the 14 year old Brock Belnap and her 19 year old cousin even though she begged him not to order her to go through with it. He counseled her that her heart was in the wrong place; she had a duty to go forward and marry because it was God's will. Later, when she became uncomfortable with his amorous advances after the marriage Jeffs told her, “Repent. Go home and give yourself mind, body and soul to your husband.”
Polygamy not withstanding, it is critical, as citizens and keepers of justice, that we familiarize ourselves with the spousal sexual assault laws. "We are not only responsible for what we do, but also, for that what we don't do." Voltaire
Rape of a spouse is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. However, many state statues read that "statutory rape" offenses or other sexual assault offenses defined by the victim's legal inability to consent, rather than actual non-consent still contain spousal exclusions. Minors and disabled persons may still have their spouses prosecuted for other forms of rape.
The majority of religious movements have a charismatic leader, who embodies the authority of the movement—and who claims an extraordinary or divine experience, which sets him apart from others as well as claiming some type of special ideology and revelation. Co-dependent women are more vulnerable to these charismatic leaders than men due to their indoctrination and adaptations to the experience of an authortarian lifestyle. More girls than boys are raised to be seen and not heard and to view men as their caretaker and their source of an identity.
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD,author,If I’d Only Known…Sexual Abuse in or out of the Family: A Guide to Prevention, speaker/seminar leader has over twenty years experience in Personal/Professional Development. She is noted for her pioneering work in Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse Prevention and Recovery. Email email@example.com or call 480-704-0603.