Also, Anderson is going to have more on CNN tonight- this piece is from the UK Daily Mail.
I cried so much during my wedding my dress was soaked: Horrifying ordeal of Warren Jeffs' child bride 'forced to marry her cousin'
-Elissa's mother held her hand during underage marriage ceremony
-Parents so brainwashed they were 'unable to protect' their children
A woman who was forced into marriage at the age of 14 while under the control of paedophile Mormon polygamist Warren Jeffs's cult has recounted her harrowing ordeal.
The woman, Elissa Wall, revealed how her own mother resorted to holding her daughter's hand at the altar in a bid to calm her down as she was forced to marry her 19-year-old cousin, whom she despised.
In a CNN interview, which is to be aired tonight, Elissa describes how she cried so much during the ceremony that her wedding dress was soaked with her own tears.
She told broadcaster Anderson Cooper: 'It was so devastating that even in the ceremony itself I'm crying to such a level that my wedding dress is soaked.
'They had my mother stand next to me and hold my hand just to get me to take my vows.'
Elissa is a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a sect led by polygamist paedophile Warren Jeffs.
She left the church and divorced her cousin husband, with whom she had no children but endured repeated miscarriages.
Jeffs was jailed last month for life after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting two FLDS girls - aged 12 and 15 - who he married in FLDS religious ceremonies.
As Jeffs begins his life sentence in a Texas, former members of the church have come forward to speak about the appalling abuse carried out within the sect, an extreme splinter group of the Mormon faith which believes in polygamy.
In tonight's interview, Elissa lifts the lid on the appalling abuse suffered by young members of the church - and the seemingly powerless position of their parents and other adults.
When asked by Cooper whether anyone tried to stop the arranged marriage or help her, Elissa said: 'Before my marriage had been commanded, we had been taken away from [my father] and he didn't fight for us.
'We were given to another man's children. My mother was resold to another man, and my mother didn't have the ability to say no.
'The women, especially my mother in the position she was in, they don't have the ability to protect their children.
'I was a representation of that. She couldn't step up and say, "no, my daughter is 14". She had been trained and indoctrinated her entire life.'
She has written a memoir called Stolen Innocence, which chronicles her ordeal at the hands of the extremist group.
Wallace Jeffs - the half-brother of Warren - will also appear in tonight's show. Wallace left the church and has three of his daughters living with him - but he is worried about those left behind.
He told Cooper: 'I'm very concerned. Very concerned about them getting married underage, being abused. I believe in the faith, but I don't believe in Warren Jeffs as the prophet. He's a fraud.'
Earlier this month it was revealed that sect leader Jeffs filed a handwritten motion seeking a new trial in Texas following his conviction.
Jeffs, who headed the Utah-based FLDS, has claimed his religious freedoms were violated by the courts – a defence put forward during his trial.
In his motion, the 55-year-old said: 'The Constitutional protection for religious faith and freedom of practice not being of full protection in previous trial ... is legal grounds sufficient to rule in favor of defendant allowed a new trial.'
Scrawled on one page in a lined notebook, Jeffs's self-penned motion was dated August 23 - two weeks after his conviction.
Jeffs' filing also seeks a new hearing on the suppression of evidence from a 2008 raid on the FLDS's Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado. Church and family records gathered in the raid were the basis for the case against Jeffs and other male members of the sect.
An appeal filed by Michael Emack, the first of the sect men to be prosecuted by Texas authorities, was upheld by the state's 3rd District Court of Appeals last month.
Emack, who is serving a seven-year sentence for assaulting a 16-year-old girl, argued the raid was unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel in Austin, Texas, said authorities had sufficient grounds for probable cause.
Jeffs had been held in a prison in Huntsville, Texas, immediately after his trial, but became ill after days of fasting.
He was taken to a hospital and was said to be in a medically-induced coma prior to being moved to Galveston.
Jason Clark, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, said Jeffs remained at a prison hospital in Galveston and was listed in stable condition.
Jeffs won't be eligible for parole until he is 100.