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Still on the stand: Dr. Bruce Perry...the State is asking the questions
*Says his role in this was AFTER the raid, his office was contacted by CPS because of his role in secondary trauma.
*Perry says that the decision to keep children with mothers was a respectful thing to do, because of the world that these children lived in was isolated. Perry Thought it was a reasonable and flexible thing to do.
*He says that he would not be surprised if the family would cooperate to a point, and NOT talk about many things. He says that children who live in an insulated environment would be very slow in offering information. He says that he felt that the mental health team needed to spend time with the children.
*Perry says that young children are not mature enough to enter into a sexual relationship or a marriage.
*Perry says that the women were very loving with their children....
*Disobedience, as Perry learned from the children, would lead to eternal damnation. That compliance is part of their honoring God.
*Perry believes that they are given some opportunities to make some independent choices, he says that a child didn’t have to get married, but she knows that’s the way to go to Zion...
*Perry says that children are not given the opportunity to learn how to make independent choices.
*In his experience with children where there is an authoritarian, their ability to think independently develops slowly...They tend to be LESS mature than their chronological ages appear to be.
*Perry says he would give the young women a choice to do something, giving them a choice, but even for simple choices they wouldn’t be able to decide.
*The defense attorney's are NOW arguing that Dr. Perry has very little knowledge of this group, the FLDS.
NEXT up...Cross examination of Dr. Perry...
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