Kristyn Decker was born and raised in the second largest polygamist sect in the U.S. Her father, Owen Allred, was the prophet of that group for 28 years before his passing. Decker’s mother was the first of his 13 wives, and born eight of his 23 biological children. Decker married at 17 and lived polygamy with her husband, sister wife and 11 children. While raising her own seven children to believe in polygamy, Kristyn taught off and on for 18 years in the AUB private school her children attended. In 1991, with five kids still at home, she volunteered in her youngest son’s Head Start class and began taking college courses. She took a job as an assistant Head Start teacher for four years while getting her AS degree, then was a lead teacher for four more years. During and after this time Decker attended and sponsored in self-help groups, volunteered with Utah State School Age Child Care Association on a research project, and joined the Utah Children Association. In 1995 she began teaching CDA classes to Child Development Associate candidates at Children First and presented at Early Childhood conferences. Right after that, Kristyn wrote her own business plan and received a half million dollar SBA loan to start a kid’s college. She graduated in 2002 with a BA in Elementary Education and Early Childhood and from Southern Utah University, and began teaching K – 2 in public schools. She ended her near 33 year marriage and left polygamy that same year. LeRoy came into her life in 2007, and she became Mrs. Decker in 2009. Decker founded the Sound Choices Coalition in June of 2012 after publishing her first book Fifty Years in Polygamy – Big Secrets and Little White Lies. While preparing her UNCENSORED edition of her book, she continued to spend numerous hours volunteering in many aspects with the SCC and others to help end human rights violations.
With Judge Waddoups’ recent decision to decriminalize polygamy in Utah, Kristyn Decker is even more concerned about the welfare of children who are born and raised in fundamentalist polygamy. Her father, Owen Allred was the prophet of the second largest POLYGAMIST SECT in the U.S. for 28 years, therefore she knows first-hand of the inner workings and belief systems of patriarchal polygamy. Just as most polygamist children, Decker was also taught that husbands must have at least 3 wives in this life, and women are to bare as many children their bodies can produce . . . and damnation is the penalty for non-compliance. Decker followed those cohesive bribes, and lived polygamy with her husband before she finally discovered herself and the truth, and left.
Decker started college with 6 kids still at home, taught Head Start and then elementary school for 11 years. She recently resigned so that I could help women and children escape from polygamy’s stronghold, and to publicize her books.
As an author and speaker for the Sound Choices Coalition, which Decker founded to help end human rights violations, she speaks about the research that’s been done, of her own experiences, and of others who have also left that belief system.
In addition to the publication of Kristyn’s first book she had the opportunity to speak in many places across our country this past few years. She was invited to speak in many media sources, (several that aren’t listed): The Today Show, CNN Week-end News, Good Morning AZ., NPR Community Voices, The Fawn Rigan Show – WCCO – Minneapolis, KTAR Talk Radio, Jay Lawrence, KSL A.M. News, as well as in many book clubs, churches, and libraries.
Kristyn Decker’s UNCENSORED, FIFTY YEARS in POLYGAMY book and E-book is currently available through: http://kristyndecker.org/my-book/ and from her seller site on Amazon at:
Her book will be available from Amazon Books, Barns and Noble and other book stores near the first of February.
Author, speaker, educator, Life Coach/Advocate & Activist