Rebecca Musser: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Rebecca Musser

New York Times Best Selling Author of "The Witness Wore Red" Testified Against FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs, Advocate for Victims of Human Trafficking

Rebecca Musser is an agent for social revolution. She empowers women around the world to escape from bondage in all its forms, because as she has aid, “I was once owned, too.”

Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), an extreme, isolated, polygamist sect of the Mormon faith, Musser grew up in fear, concealing her family’s polygamous lifestyle from the “dangerous” outside world. Covered head-to-toe in strict, modest clothing, she received a rigorous education at Alta Academy, the FLDS school headed by Warren Jeffs. Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, as a teenager Musser was forced to marry Rulon Jeffs, the 85-year-old FLDS prophet and father of Warren. Musser became the 19th wife to an elderly man who would go on to have a total of 65 wives.

After enduring years of violation, upon her husband’s death, she pulled off a daring escape from Warren Jeffs when he tried to force her to remarry.

Beginning a brand-new life in a strange world of ‘gentiles,’ freedom, debit cards and French fries – Musser yearned to save her little sisters from becoming child brides so she forged a trusting relationship with law enforcement. When the Texas authorities raided the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch, they were overwhelmed by cultural differences and language barriers. Those authorities asked Musser to assist them, and she became instrumental in deciphering mountains of evidence of child molestation and bigamy found on the ranch.

Musser felt her only choice was to take the witness stand against Warren, who had been declared the new prophet of the FLDS, in order to protect her little sisters and other young girls from being trapped within that culture and forced to marry at shockingly young ages. She testified over 20 times against the cult’s leaders to bring evidence to light, and freedom to her people. Her testimony revealed the horrific secrets taking place behind closed doors of the temple, and subsequently sent those leaders to prison for years, and Warren Jeffs for life.

Musser’s memoir, The Witness Wore Red, is a gripping account of her struggle to escape the perverse embrace of religious fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a courageous story of hope and transformation. The book’s title stems from Musser’s deliberate decision to wear a striking red dress to court as a sign of her defiance to the religious leader who had banned followers from wearing the vibrant color.

Today, Musser is founder of ClaimRED a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing dignity, hope and healing to victims of human trafficking. She continues to speak out for the oppressed, to educate communities on the plight of millions in bondage, and to inspire individuals and organizations as to the power of one person to change the world.

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  • The Witness Wore Red: An Evening with Rebecca Musser
  • Choose to Be Free: Finding the Courage and Resources to Flee Fanaticism and Sexual Slavery
  • ClaimRED: The Battle to End Human Trafficking and Oppression

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