A woman who was forced by FLDS leader Warren Jeffs to marry when she was just 14-years-old has been awarded $2.75 million from the polygamist church’s United Effort Plan Trust.
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May 9, 2016 – Elissa Wall filed a lawsuit against the United Effort Plan Trust, which is now managed by the state of Utah, in an effort to hold FLDS leaders responsible for abuse that underage girls suffered at the hands of Warren Jeffs. Wall initially requested $40 million after she says she was forced to marry her cousin as a teenager; however, last week she agreed to settle for $1.5 million in cash and $1.25 million in property.
According to the Daily Mail, Elissa was forced into marriage with her 19-year-old cousin in 2001 while living at the FLDS compound along the Utah-Arizona border, where Warren Jeffs used his power to abuse young women and force them to marry at an early age.
In 2006, Jeffs was convicted of sexually assaulting underage girls he considered his wives, and is now serving a life sentence in a Texas prison. Wall was instrumental in helping convict Jeffs after she testified that he was an accomplice in her 2007 rape. She is just one of many women who have accused him of abusing young women who lived on the FLDS compound.
Wall says that she hopes that the community can be rebuilt without the control of FLDS leaders. She says the focus of the community should be on family, friendship and growth, “not the tall fences and secrecy” that currently shroud the complex.
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