Clergy Child-Abuse Experts to Talk FLDS in Scottsdale This Afternoon
|Janet Heimlich, author of the book Breaking Their Will, will lead a discussion on clergy child-abuse this afternoon.|
Heimlich is the author of Breaking Their Will, an expose on maltreatment of children in religious institutions.
The book "takes an in-depth look at the many forms of child maltreatment that manifest themselves in religious contexts, including biblically prescribed corporal punishment; beliefs about the necessity of 'breaking the wills' of children; terrorizing children with scary religious messages; sexual abuse perpetrated by religious authorities; and religiously motivated medical neglect."
Also speaking during the discussion will be Flora Jessop and TV newsman Mike Watkiss, who's covered FLDS abuse cases for 3TV.
Jessop was raised in a polygamist "cult" in Utah. She escaped, though, only to be sent back to the polygamists' compound by the government agency she turned to for help: the Utah Department of Child and Family Services.
After escaping a second time, Jessop moved to Phoenix, where she's mounted a campaign to help children escape the abuse that occurs in polygamist communities.
Read Jessop's bio here.
The conference starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Plotkin Judaic Museum at Temple Beth Israel near 56th Street and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale.
Jessop, Heimlich, and Watkiss will be speaking at 3:30 p.m.