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Mr. Warren Jeffs, the President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, stands accused in a US court of sexually abusing multiple underage girls and letting them participate in a religious ritual.
According to the lawsuit filed in the third district court, Mr. Jeffs, together with his brothers Lyle and Seth, hatched a ‘calculated plan’ to let multiple girls participate in their sick fantasies which they claim were their historical right as men of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had historically always abused underage girls.
A 21-year-old girl known as R.H. says she was first abused at age 8 when the church members would put a bag over her head and take her to an unknown location, which would typically be one of the Church’s temples in Colorado or Arizona, where one of the Jeffs brothers would abuse her. If she told anyone about it, Mr. Warren Jeffs said: “God would destroy her and her family immediately.” He added that if she cried during the ritual, “God would punish her.”
All evidence for these acts was found in the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints church's temple in Eldorado, Texas, according to court documents.
The abuse multiplied when she hit puberty and took place five to six times per week when she was twelve. As from the age of fourteen, she was forced to watch the Jeffs brothers abuse other girls and document the ‘ritualistic sessions.’
As from the age of 16, the girl was invited to take part in ‘Ladies Class’ to become a good housewife. During these sessions, Mr. Jeffs would take her out of the class and into his soundproof office where he would assault her ‘under the guise of further teachings.’
The 21-year-old girl says she chose to file the lawsuit because: “The whole point of filing the lawsuit is she's hoping to empower others to come forward and to speak out and to see if we can make this stop."