Why I Cannot Support Frontline Family Ministries’ Abuse Prevention Week: Part 1 – Introduction

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous By R.L. Stollar, HA Community Coordinator Part One, Introduction Since launching Homeschoolers Anonymous last year, we have called for — and organizationally been working towards — a number of actions from within homeschooling communities. … [Read more...]

“He Couldn’t Breathe” Old Schoolhouse Owners Accused of Waterboarding, Child Abuse

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Cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous This story is a modified version of a previous piece written by Hännah Ettinger (Wine & Marble) and R.L. Stollar (Homeschoolers Anonymous) on October 8, 2014. Eric Novak grew up in Christian homeschooling circles. … [Read more...]

Facing Our Fears: How the Voices of Homeschooling Alumni Can Help Homeschooling

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This is the presentation that Homeschoolers Anonymous and HARO's R. L. Stollar would have given had he been allowed to participate in the 2014 Great Homeschool Convention that took place in Ontario, California. Too bad GHC bowed to fear and pressure from within the homeschooling movement and rescinded their permission for Stollar to participate in the conference. It is a powerful presentation and would have been helpful to those at the conference to hear. From the Homeschoolers Anonymous site:by R.L. StollarFacing Our Fears: How the Voices of Homeschool Alumni Can Help Homeschooling was originally prepared by R.L. Stollar, Executive Director ofHomeschool Alumni Reaching Out(HARO) for … [Read more...]

Kevin Swanson, Child Abuse, And Dead Little Bunnies

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Reposted from Homeschoolers Anonymous HA note: Kathi is a Bible-belt midwest transplant to the beautiful Pacific northwest. After homeschooling her kids for 10 years (she decided that high school math and science were not her strongest subjects), both kids are in public school. She is a former church goer and finds herself in that unstudied demographic of middle-aged Nones. She has a B.A. in Urban Ministry and a M.S.W. Her goal is to work with children who have been abused or are in foster care. She loves to knit, cook and read (not in any particular order). The following was originally published on Kathi’s blog Moving Beyond Absolutes on April 5, 2014 and is reprinted with permission.  I h … [Read more...]

Misquoting Heather Doney, HSLDA’s Denials & HARO: Statement by HARO on World Magazine’s “Homeschool Debate”

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by R.L. Stollar of HARO and Homeschoolers Anonymous on the recent article in World Magazine on 'The Homeschool Debate' August 22, 2014 Statement by the Board of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out: We are grateful to both WORLD Magazine and Daniel James Devine for the opportunity to be interviewed for their recent “Homeschool debate” article. Abuse and neglect in homeschooling are serious and pressing issues that need to be addressed for both the sake of children and alumni as well as the health of the homeschooling movement in general. There has been a severe lack of coverage of abuse and neglect in homeschooling by Christian news sources. We commend WORLD and Mr. Devine for shedding some ligh … [Read more...]

Homeschoolers Anonymous: Calling All Alumni of Christian Homeschooling: We Have a Survey For You!

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by R.L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO), HA’s parent non-profit organization, is happy to announce our first-ever comprehensive survey: the 2014 Survey of Adult Alumni of the Modern Christian Homeschool Movement. This survey is open to any adult homeschool alumni (18 years old or older) raised in a Christian homeschool environment. For the purposes of this survey, “alumni” designates everyone homeschooled for the majority of their K-12 education; in other words, for at least 7 years. The survey is open to anyone in that category, whether your experience was positive or negative and whether you are still a Christian or not. By “Christi … [Read more...]

The Old Schoolhouse Says Child Molestation Allegations “Are False”, Insinuates Possibility of Legal Retaliation

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousLast week we reported that Paul and Gena Suarez, owners of the “global homeschooling company” The Old Schoolhouse, have been accused by a former key employee of (1) allegedly protecting several known child predators and (2) shaming and silencing members of their community who tried to stand up and do the right thing. Yesterday Hännah Ettinger covered the story on Patheos as well: “Publishers of Christian Homeschooling Magazine Exposed for Protecting Child Abuser.” It has also been claimed that David Gibbs III — who is involved in the mediation process between the abuser’s family and the victim’s family — allegedly told the victim’s … [Read more...]

This is What Child Abusers Look Like in Homeschooling Communities

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousWe like to think that we know what child abusers look like. That we can pick them out of the crowd based on their creepy mustaches, darkly-tinted cargo vans, or their giant, thick-rimmed glasses.But those stereotypes are just that: stereotypes.And like all stereotypes, they fall tragically short. The fact is, child abusers are not Others. They do not walk around with signs that say, “Monster.” They are able to violate our trust — and children’s lives and bodies and minds — because we trust them. Which means they have our trust, because they are a part of our community. They are friends and family and teachers and loved ones … [Read more...]

Christian Patriarchy Just Made World Magazine $11,200 Richer

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by R. L. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous(Editor's note: Swanson is now calling "Christian Patriarchy" by the buzz words "Father-Centric Family" and other different things because he's still distancing himself from Doug Phillips and Doug's sexual abuse of young women under the title of "Christian Patriarchy" No matter how you slice it or what you call this movement it is the same thing)WORLD Magazine, a biweekly conservative Christian news magazine, was and continues to be immensely popular among homeschooling families. As a kid, I remember eagerly anticipating each new edition of WORLD. I particularly loved the music reviews, since I used them to convince my parents … [Read more...]

The 10 Best (AKA, Worst) Quotations From Mary Pride’s “The Child Abuse Industry”

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by R. A. Stollar cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousMost Christian homeschoolers know Mary Pride as “the queen of homeschooling,” one of the founders of the Quiverfull movement, the anti-feminism author of The Way Home, or the publisher of the wildly popular magazine “Practical Homeschooling.” But she also wrote a lesser known book in 1985 entitled The Child Abuse Industry: Outrageous Facts About Child Abuse & Everyday Rebellions Against a System that Threatens Every North American Family. It is a remarkable read that calls for a “Second North American Revolution” — namely, having babies, abolishing no-fault divorce, going to church, eliminating foster care, homeschooling, re-in … [Read more...]


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