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Disobeyed: Elissa Wall’s Journey To Reclaim Her Body

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An illustration of a woman running in dark woods, looking behind her with a scared look on her face. She is wearing a purple prairie-style dress. The episode title "Disobeyed" is on the left side of the illustration.
Charnel Hunter

After Anita watched the Netflix docuseries "Keep Sweet," it was on her mind for weeks. She sat down with Elissa Wall, one of the central figures in the series, to talk about growing up in an isolated, polygamist religious community in which everything was decided for her – from what she could wear to whom she would marry. Elissa talks about adjusting to life outside the FLDS Church, her process of healing after a traumatic childhood and her ongoing journey of embodiment.

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Please note that this episode contains references to religious trauma, pregnancy loss and sexual assault of a minor.

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Audrey Smith is a writer, educator, and temporary producer of "Embodied" based in Greensboro, NC. She holds a Master's degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2018) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from Oregon State University (2021).
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.