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Escaping My Religion- Aired on Katie: June 4, 2013

KATIE
June 4, 2013 – Encore

Escaping My Religion

What does it take to move on when your entire life has been controlled by your faith? Meet four inspiring women who all courageously left restrictive religious sects in an attempt to break free and chart their own course for their lives.

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In: 2013, Cult News, Polygamy In The News, Videos - Television

Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult – Sundays @ 10/9c on the Biography channel

Biograpy Channel
Sunday 10/9c

Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult

About the Show

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Getting Involved in a Cult Is Easy; Getting Out Never Is – ICSA

ICSA
by Gary M.

Getting Involved in a Cult Is Easy; Getting Out Never Is

For 29 years, I was associated with a Bible-based group with what I now know are the dynamics of a cult.[1] Most of the pastors from a variety of backgrounds whom I sought out soon afterward didn’t understand what it meant to leave a cult, or what my needs were.

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In: Articles & Literature of Interest, Cult News

2/6/13 – Scientology’s Worst Enemy

New York Post
February 6, 2013
By SARA STEWART

Scientology’s Worst Enemy

scientology

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In: 2013, Breaking News, Cult News

8/20/11 – Editorial: A sect leader’s crimes ***COMMENTS***

The Providence Journal
August 20, 2011

Editorial: A sect leader’s crimes

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeff’s conviction this month on sexual-assault charges was an important, if extreme, reminder that claims of religious freedom may not be used to flout the nation’s laws.

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8/9/11 – What we think about the Warren Jeffs Conviction

Paradise Recovered
Andie Redwine and Storme Wood
Augusst 9, 2011

What we think about Warren Jeffs Conviction

“If the world knew what I was doing, they would hang me from the highest tree.”

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In: 2011, Cult News, News Blogs & Forums, Polygamy In The News

2/24/11 – Jailed sect leader, Warren Jeffs, retakes legal control of church

USA Today
February 24, 2011
By Dennis Wagner


Jailed sect leader retakes legal control of church

PHOENIX — Warren Jeffs, the jailed “prophet” of a polygamist sect based in two towns on the Arizona-Utah line, has launched a purge of key followers and reassumed legal command over his church’s corporation.

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9-18-12: Faith Healer Parents avoid jail after son, 16, dies in horrible pain after they tried to “pray away” his burst appendix

Mail Online
September 18, 2012
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Faith Healer Parents avoid jail after son, 16, dies in horrible pain after they tried to “pray away” his burst appendix

Two parents have avoided jail after admitting they let their son, 16, die in horrible agony because they chose to ‘pray away’ his burst appendix and refused to take him to the hospital.

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11/10/10 – AP: Tony Alamo & Brian David Mitchell Abused & Threatened Children in the name of religion

ABC News
November 10, 2010
By JENNIFER DOBNER Associated Press

Elizabeth Smart tells court about day of rescue

Testifying for nearly six hours in a steady voice, Elizabeth Smart told a rapt audience that she was so terrified of her abductor that on the day police found her, she told them she was someone else.

Smart took the stand at her alleged kidnapper’s trial for a second day Tuesday, telling jurors in U.S. District Court she was also too scared to speak up when a detective tried to question her in a public library months before she was finally freed.

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TV SHOW: (Video) Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult on Biography Channel…Sunday March 17 at 10PM EST

Biography Channel

TV SHOW: Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult on Biography Channel…Sunday March 17 at 10PM EST

There’s a new television series on the Biography Channel/bio called Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult.

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March 17, 2013 – Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect with her six young children

Daily Mail Online
January 23, 2013
By Rachel Quigley

Revealed: Harrowing ordeal of child bride forced to marry her stepbrother who escaped Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect with her six young children

Ruby Jessop forced to marry second cousin and step-brother Haven Barlow at 14 when he was in his 20s
Now 26, she has six children aged two to ten
Arizona Attorney General claims sect is holding women against their will
In the last six months sect members were only allowed beans and water
He says police in Hildale and Colorado City are still holding the women

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In: Cult News, Polygamy In The News

The Rescue of Children from the FLDS Compound in Texas: Why the Arguments Claiming Due Process Violations and Religious Freedom Infringement Have No Merit

FindLaw
May 1, 2008
By MARCI HAMILTON

The Rescue of Children from the FLDS Compound in Texas: Why the Arguments Claiming Due Process Violations and Religious Freedom Infringement Have No Merit

Recently, Texas authorities entered the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) Ranch, which is one of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) compounds, with a warrant based on calls from a person who alleged that she was an underage girl being subjected to physical and sexual abuse, including rape, at the Ranch. Once the authorities entered, though, they discovered pregnant underage girls, girls with more than one child, papers indicating that rampant polygamy was occurring at YFZ, and even a document involving cyanide poisoning. The authorities then intelligently made the decision that they had to remove all of the children from a situation that posed obvious and serious danger to them.

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12/04/09: Psychiatrist: Elizabeth Smart’s rapist was manipulative and used religion to get what he wanted

The Salt Lake Tribune
December 4, 2009
By Pamela Manson

Psychiatrist: Smart is best witness to Mitchell’s mental state

Courts » Michael Welner says the defendant manipulates situations to his advantage.

A psychiatrist who concluded that Brian David Mitchell is competent to stand trial in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart testified Friday that interviews with lay witnesses helped him reach his determination.

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11/06/09 – NYT: Polygamist Sect Leader (Raymond Jessop) Convicted of Sexual Assault ***COMMENTS***

New York Times
November 6, 2009
By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.

Polygamist Sect Leader Convicted of Sexual Assault

ELDORADO, Tex. — One of the leaders of a polygamist sect was convicted Thursday night of sexually assaulting an under-age girl whom the church elders had assigned to him as one of his nine wives.

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10/26/09 – AP: Jury selection continues in first polygamist, Raymond Jessop, trial

Yahoo News
October 26, 2009
By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer

Jury selection continues in first polygamist trial

ELDORADO, Texas – More than 150 potential jurors, including 10 women in prairie dresses and braids, crammed into a makeshift courtroom Monday as jury selection began in the first criminal trial stemming from the raid of a polygamist sect’s ranch last year.

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10/02/09 – Elizabeth Smart eager to face alleged rapist/kidnapper. She asked to have him muzzled and forced to hear testimony ***COMMENTS***

Elizabeth and Louis Smart

AOL News
October 2, 2009
By ELIOTT C. McLAUGHLIN, CNN

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HARRY REID CALLS FOR FEDERAL TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE CHILD ABUSE AND POLYGAMY

Press Release of Senator Reid

REID CALLS FOR FEDERAL TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE CHILD ABUSE AND POLYGAMY Letter to Attorney General Urges Support For Local Prosecutions

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

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11/12/08 – Polygamist leader, Warren Jeffs, faces new sex assault charge

CNN
November 12, 2008


Polygamist leader faces new sex assault charge

Warren Jeffs

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11/9/08 – MSNBC Video Clips, “Witness to Jonestown”

In 1978, more than 900 Americans in a group called Peoples Temple, led by Rev. Jim Jones, were poisoned by cyanide-laced punch in Jonestown, Guyana. Many drank cyanide-laced Flavor-Aid; others who tried to resist the mass suicide were shot..

Tonight, MSNBC will be showing, “Witness to Jonestown” at 9PM ET. View some of the previews below and click HERE to be directed to MSNBC’s site for details.

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10/29/08 – House of Yahweh sect elder, Yedidiyah Hawkins, convicted of sex assault of child

FACTnet
October 29, 2008
Posted by David Pike

ABILENE, Texas — A religious sect’s elder who molested a girl under the guise of checking her for cervical cancer faces up to life in prison.

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