Don't know how much you've been following the trial, but Warren Jeffs was sentenced this week. I'll be honest, I've not followed the legal proceedings very closely, but I have come across the powerful stories of girls & women who grew up in this community- this small corner of Arizona real estate- trapped and afraid of what much older man they would some day be married off to. The compelling stories were ones of escape and banishment. The way they grew up, taught outright that their only hope for the future is to be one of many wives of a man chosen for them, and seeing their mothers disrespected and downtrodden, made them fear being married off.
This hyper-patriarchal FLDS society is finally coming to light with the Jeffs trial. Hopefully this will allow more women to speak up, and leave a life of fear and abuse, and spare their children the same fate. I've been reading about conservative Christian (not FLDS) groups that, while they obviously don't practice polygamy, have somewhat similar attitudes toward the value and purpose of women in society, and it is heartbreaking.
But more on that later.