For anyone who has wondered what is going on, either with me, or with the AAAP, I thought I'd give you an update.
Last January, as I was returning from a lunch in Austin with one of my board members, I encountered a little problem. You can listen to a portion of my little problem Here.
For the blogger RIH, who only a day or so before had accused me of "always seeing the boogie man", bite me.
For anyone who doesn't already know, I've been tailed by these jerks plenty but this was the first time anyone tried to terrorize me.
Shortly after that incident I relocated to a "safe house" here in the Texas Hill Country. For any polygamous wacko reading this, if you want to come onto my property to deposit any more dead kittens or other symbols of your feelings for me, please expect to leave like hamburger in a body bag.
I've always considered it my job to help people understand the human toll the practice of polygamy takes. I'm not a lawyer, so I have no brilliant legal analysis to share with anyone. I'm not a journalist, so I don't concentrate on telling my story in objective AP format.
I am a human rights activist. It is my job to help people understand the human experience of the victims.
Right now, what I can tell you is that it has been 7 very long months of soul searching. Four or five years ago I could never understand why Flora would disappear off the radar for months at a time, never returning calls or emails. Then suddenly I would hear from her and she would say, "I had to take a break, or I would have quit completely".
I understand that better now. Much better.
Once I'd gotten over the initial shock of the event in the recording, which took several days, I became angry.
I was angry because it worked. I was very scared. I spent the entire first night outside in 20 degree weather all night in a hot tub at my friends house, because it was the only place I could be and not shake like a leaf. The first thing I said when I walked in her door was, "Please G-d, tell me there is vodka in this house."
Like I said, once the shock and fear wore off, I was mad. I was mad that these nuts were successful in scaring me. I was mad because I felt VICTIMIZED. And I really hate that. That is a terrible feeling.
Now, today, after hearing Jon Krakauer utter a stunning allegation on Anderson Cooper the other night, I'm ready to kick butt and take names again.
From the CNN transcript:
COOPER: And there's more serious charges, Jon, for Jeffs in Texas: sexual
> assault of a minor, right?
> KRAKAUER: Right. The one -- the one silver lining in this is if Texas -- if
> Utah decides not to retry Warren, he will be more quickly extradited to
> Texas, where he faces very serious charges, much more serious, not as an
> accomplice to rape but an actual rapist.
> And the evidence, in the raid of 2008, they uncovered a treasure trove of
> evidence, including a tape recording and a transcript of Warren raping a
> 12-year-old girl. Actually, she had been 11 until 24 days earlier.
> She had been forced to marry Jeffs. She was raped in the temple on a special
> bed. Two of Jeffs's older wives participated in the rape. It was tape
> recorded. Every grunt and perverted prayer and command to this girl.
> And that, and a lot of other evidence is likely to convict Warren, put him
> behind bars for life -- for four life terms, I think, to face the charges.
For all of you who think polygamy is harmless when it is practiced by consenting adults, here you go. Two adult women ASSISTED in the RAPE of a 12 year old little girl.
If I have said it once, I know I've said it a hundred times... Polygamy needs women to manipulate and control children for it to work. Without the assistance of older concubines they wouldn't be able to keep raping the children.
I'll be writing a letter to the Texas Attorney General's Office to ask, if this is true, and they do have this recording, when these two Care Bear Colored mommies will be turning prison orange, as they should.