Coming to TLC in January: Escaping the Prophet, Featuring Ex-FLDS Member and Social Activist Flora Jessop
TLC has tapped into the FLDS community with two new series that take viewers on a remarkable exploration of faith, fear, and strength, while providing very different perspectives: Breaking the Faith follows insiders as they leave the faith, and Escaping the Prophet documents the efforts of former FLDS member Flora Jessop as she helps families flee the community.
Escaping the Prophet follows Flora Jessop on her mission to take down one of the most reportedly dangerous polygamist cults in America. Flora, a social activist, an advocate for abused children, and the author of the 2009 book Church of Lies, endured extreme physical, mental, and sexual abuse during her life in the church, until she escaped at the age of 16. Now, she works closely with law enforcement, the Attorney General of Arizona, and a network of inside informants to help rescue runaways and extract victims within the community, as well as to help empower families who chose to stay and fight. Using her difficult memories and her passion to help others, she works to deliver justice to the very people that she feels wronged her.
The FLDS religion remains one of the most secretive communities in America, a world of unquestioned authority, arranged marriage, and little contact to the outside world. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints continues to be led by its president – and self-described prophet – Warren Jeffs, despite his 2011 conviction on two felony counts of child sexual assault.
In each episode, Flora, along with partner Brandon (a former member of the FLDS and one of Warren Jeffs’ nephews) offers aid and attempts to extract a number of families from the FLDS community.
Escaping the Prophet premieres on Tuesday, January 7 at 10|9c.