06/22/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• In a new book Brent Jeffs opens up about life in the FLDS and the abuse he says he suffered at the hands of his uncle, now-jailed 'prophet' Warren Jeffs. Brent, 26, spoke to PEOPLE's Bob Meadows.
WHAT DID YOUR UNCLE DO TO YOU? I was 5, playing with cousins at their school [where Warren was principal]. He took me to a bathroom and raped me. [Warren's lawyer denied the allegation.] He told me I would burn in hell if I told.
DID YOU TELL? I just went numb. But in 2001 my brother Clayne told my parents Warren had abused him. Clayne killed himself the next year. I filed a lawsuit against Warren because of what happened to me.
DID YOU WIN? I dropped the suit after Warren was convicted of being an accomplice to the rape of a girl in 2007. [Warren is serving at least 10 years.] I wasn't after money. I just wanted him stopped.
HOW'S YOUR LIFE NOW? I was kicked out of the FLDS in '98. My marriage ended, but my daughter Hailee has filled a place in my heart I never even knew was there. I want people who suffer abuse to know that I turned my life around. They can too.