We have recently received two very different comments from homeschool mothers. We would like to share both, without comment, for those who may be interested.
We received this email from a homeschooling mother today:
There is no doubt that there are homeschoolers who abuse their children but there are also people who send their kids to public and private school who abuse their kids. I was one. Because my skin was darker it hid a lot of bruises. The ones that were visible I was never asked about even though I went to school with them all the time. I was also molested by a school janitor in elementary school. No one did anything and no one saw what was horribly obvious.
God and I have broken the cycle in my own family and we homeschool. My boys are very active in Boy Scouts and have been in Cub Scouts for the last 5 years. They know what abuse is and how serious it is because my husband and I have made them aware of the abuse I endured as a child. I think you are giving homeschooling a bad name. You cannot blame homeschooling as the reason children are being abused and why their abusers are getting away with it. Why don’t you focus on what can be done for all kids who are being abused and getting help for all adult survivors of child abuse to break the cycle. The majority of homeschoolers love and protect their children from all forms of abuse. Most of us want to be able to keep an eye on our children, know what they are doing, who they are choosing for friends, what they are learning and how they getting along with others as well as making sure they get a good education. Homeschoolers should not be targeted as abusers no more than public schools should be targeted as abusers. It is great that you are doing something about abuse but please keep in mind that there are lots of homeschoolers who are not abusers.
We also received this email, likewise from a homeschooling mother:
I want to thank you for this wonderful website! I am a homeschooling mother of three. I have homeschooled my children for almost 10 years. However, prior to being a homeschooling mom, I was a child abuse investigator. Most homeschoolers want to turn a blind eye to what you have addressed in your website. I believe passionately that homeschooling is a privilege and I feel blessed to be able to have the freedom to do it. Unfortunately, I am all too aware of the misuse and abuse of such a privilege. I do not want to see homeschooling taken away, because a few evil people use it to further their abuse of women and children. Let us not forget that it is also a good way to remove women from any outside contact as well as children. I want to help you in whatever ways I am able to help. I want to be a voice. Too many homeschoolers are not going to say much for risk of their own rights being take away. I feel it is quite the opposite. If we do not stand up, our rights will be taken away because of the few who abuse it.