Child Abuse and Polygamy

by JWC

Child abuse and polygamy - polygamy and child abuse: Are these words synonymous? It certainly would appear so, based on the preliminary information obtained by officials following the apprehension of 463 children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas.

Reports indicate that of the 53 underage girls, 31 have had children or are currently pregnant. Two of these underage girls have had 3 children, and 6 of these girls have had 2 children. While in custody of the state, one of the girls gave birth to a boy.

In addition to this disturbing information, reports indicate that at least 41 of the children have or have had broken bones.

There is also an ongoing investigation into the possible sexual abuse of boys.

There has been an amazing lack of co-operation from the sect members, and officials are having a difficult time identifying the ages of all the children and which child belongs to which parent.

The people living at the Yearning for Zion Ranch are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). The FLDS is a polygamist sect. FLDS men have one legal wife, and permit themselves to take others as "spiritual wives." Age is of no concern to these men.

The FLDS is a group that split from the Mormon Church in the 1930's because the Mormon Church denounced polygamy and excommunicated practitioners of plural marriages.

The investigation is ongoing, and I am sure more information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, the children are being placed in foster homes.

I applaud the State of Texas for initiating steps to stop the rampant child abuse taking place in the name of polygamy.

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May 06, 2008
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

The concept of polygamy being synonymous with child abuse; very thought-provoking, JWC. I too applaud the State of Texas for stepping in to protect these children.

I've paid close attention to the reports being made on this polygamist group, as well as to the details about related child abuse. Most of what I've seen and read relates to the abuse of the girls; not much coverage on the abuse of the boys. Watch over the next few days for my article about how the boys in this sect have been emotionally abused.

Darlene Barriere
Violence & Abuse Prevention Educator
Author: On My Own Terms, A Memoir

Oct 07, 2011
I believe this practice is child abuse myself
by: Dion

How can one father have time enough for fifty kids? Its sick and needs to be stamped out like a cancer from our society. I'm growing tired of this ongoing acceptance of this practice. I think perverts teaching their kids to be perverts is abuse I'm sorry but that is the way I feel about it. These kids look lost I can't imagine the drama for these poor kids that goes on. Its hard to get a no drama dysfunctional life with two parents. Sickos

Jan 25, 2014
Why not stop this polygymy now!!!!!
by: Michele

The destruction that these people are inflicting among children and women are horrific but they know no other way, I wished that we could do more to help or raid these religion groups. One thing to ask yourselves, is what if one of these kids were mine, or what if one of the women were my wife to come. I think our government needs to be more aware of this and get off of their lazy asses and do something or we should be aloud to throw them in to these places of abuse. Me being a battered woman myself both physically and emotionally, do understand just exactly what these people are going through, so American government get off your asses and do something you call yourselves smart, well lets see how you can work...I believe its the governments fault for this happening ....DO SOMETHING...

Mar 14, 2014
by: Ray Western

Whether child sexual abuse by a father in polygamy or monogamy it is totally inexcusable and abhorrent. How could a father or a step-father do such a thing to his own child. There is no excuse for such a degradable act. I had a son-in-law abuse my 8 year old grand daughter and his step daughter so I have some understanding of the consequences that result for this act. It can totally ruin a child's life.
I have written a blog on grooming a child for molestation if anyone is interested @ Any comments would be appreciated. Ray

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