How Not To Combat Sexual Abuse

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Next week Frontline Family Ministries is holding National Sexual Abuse Prevention Week for Homeschoolers. You would think this would be something I would support, right? I've talked before about a culture of looking the other way in homeschooling communities, the way homeschooling can make detecting  abuse more difficult, and fundamentalist and evangelical beliefs that let offenders off the hook. Spending a week raising awareness and promoting prevention should be a good thing, … [Read more...]

HSLDA Explains Its Complicity in Child Abuse Coverup: We’re Not the Police Force of the Homeschooling Movement

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HSLDA has finally responded to The Old Schoolhouse scandal. As you may remember, this scandal involves prominent homeschool speakers and publishers Paul and Gena Suarez hiding and covering up child sexual abuse and protecting child molesters from exposure. Earlier this year Gena Suarez's sister and fellow homeschool speaker, Jenefer Igarashi, became so concerned by her sister's actions that she determined she had to do something about it and reached out to other homeschool leaders, including … [Read more...]

World Magazine’s Hypocrisy on Patriarchy and Child Abuse

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Growing up in an evangelical home, I read World Magazine regularly. Today, I'm honestly not sure World knows what direction it is headed. Over the past year or so, the publication has been simultaneously distancing itself from the patriarchy movement within Christian homeschooling and promoting that same movement, and simultaneously calling for the self-policing of child abuse in Christian communities and allying itself with organizations actively involved in child abuse coverups.This past Ap … [Read more...]

The Old Schoolhouse: The New Homeschool Scandal

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Right now my heart feels heavy. There are some days when I wonder if the world can actually be a good and happy place. I've written before about scandals in the Christian homeschooling movement and I've talked about the homeschool alumni reform movement of which I am a part. But some days, I just don't think it can get any worse.If you are a regular here, the name of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is familiar to you, and that of Heidi St. John, one of the most popular s … [Read more...]

Growing Up Jeub

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I have written several blog posts about the Duggars and their beliefs, and each time have had commenters defend the Duggars and tell me that their family must be happy and functional because they look happy and functional on screen. This is a problem. As I've noted, the Duggars follow and promote the parenting methods of religious leaders who teach that corporal punishment must be used to break children's wills, that children should be required to smile and not allowed to show the slightest neg … [Read more...]

Kevin Swanson, Scott Brown, and the Jackson Brothers

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Let me tell you a story that involves Scott Brown, Kevin Swanson, a "typical" large Christian homeschooling family, and a decade of sexual abuse. I will use this story to illustrate some of the points I've made about churches, homeschooling, and accountability. Let's get started, shall we? Six brothers from Perquimans County [North Carolina] have been charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl for more than a decade.Eric, 27, Jon, 25, Matthew, 23, Nathaniel, 21, Benjamin, 19, and A … [Read more...]

I am a Homeschool Alumna. I Care.

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You know what I'm growing really tired of? Comments like this: There are vastly more kids in public school than are homeschooled, and abuse and educational failure are widespread in those institutions. More kids are affected by the incompetence of the public schools, yet you have devoted quite a bit of time and space here to homeschooling failures. Your interest in homeschoolers seems disproportionate to the problem.  I'm sorry, what? It reminds me of Heidi St. John's comment:The … [Read more...]


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