Among the people closely following the Jeff’ case is a 19-year old woman who fled the polygamist lifestyle.
You may remember stories about ‘The Two Fawns’ — two friends, both named Fawn, who escaped the rule of Warren Jeffs three years ago. Well, one of the Fawns has struggled ever since. The other, is getting ready for college.
Fawn Broadbent has been working really hard since she fled the Warren Jeffs clan.
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Fawn Broadbent: “I went to school for two years, 11 and 12 grade. I made almost four years in two, still working on it.”
When Fawn left, she had the education of a fourth grader.
Fawn Broadbent: “When I first left I thought Warren Jeffs was president of US, now I know better. Didn’t believe in dinosaurs, or that man landed on the moon, I thought it was all staged.”
Now she’s one of the brightest kids in her district, receiving several awards, including most improved student in the Jordan school district. This spring, she’ll go to Weber State University on a scholarship.
Fawn Broadbent: “I am so excited, but then I’m scared of moving away from home, ha ha.”
But things haven’t gone so good for her friend, Fawn Holm. She returned to the polygamist lifestyle and got involved with drinking and drugs. Now she’s in Boston, Massachusetts trying again to start a new life.
Fawn Broadbent: “It’s a program that helps those leaving cults, so they can adjust to the world outside.”
And while this Fawn keeps tabs on her friend, she’s also keeping tabs on her former prophet. Warren Jeffs, charged with forcing young girls to have sex with older men, appeared in closed circuit court today, an initial appearance. Fawn has watched it all.
Fawn Broadbent: “I hope he will be charged to the full extent. He’s not above law, neither are they, they need to follow the law.”
But her main focus is finishing her last few credits to get her high school diploma so she can start college in March. Her major is criminal justice.
Fawn Broadbent: “So I can help children have a voice in court. Give them a strong voice, they need one.”
Jeff’s will next be in court for a preliminary hearing September 19th.