Tag: child abuse

Statement Regarding Adrian Jones

For Immediate Release: Kansas Child’s Death Related to Lack of Oversight for Homeschooling Canton, Ma., 12/03/2015: On Thanksgiving day, police found the remains of a child in a barn owned by Michael and Heather Jones. It is believed that… Read More

Statement Regarding Janiya Thomas

For Immediate Release: Florida Child’s Death Related to Lack of Oversight for Homeschooling Canton, Ma., 10/20/15—On Sunday, October 18th, eleven-year-old Janiya Thomas’s body was found in her mother’s freezer. Janiya was last seen in August of 2014, but… Read More

CRHE Statement on Sex Offenders and Homeschooling in the Wake of the Duggar Tragedy

May 30, 2015 Over the last two weeks, much has been written about revelations that Josh Duggar, the oldest child in the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting fame, sexually assaulted five young girls, four relatives and… Read More

Statement Supporting Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry and Michigan’s HB 4498

For Immediate Release: Michigan Takes a Step Forward in Protecting Homeschooled Children Canton, Ma., 4/21/15—Last month, Stoni Blair, 13, and Stephen Berry, 9, were found dead in a Detroit freezer, and their two remaining siblings bore signs of… Read More

CRHE Statement on Leelah Alcorn

January 5, 2015 As advocates for homeschooled children, we were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender teen who was homeschooled. In a note she left on her tumblr, Leelah explained… Read More

When There Are Problems At Home

Everyone has the right to grow up in a healthy and nurturing home environment. No one should live in fear. If you have experiences that make you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or hurt, there may be something wrong in your… Read More

How I Was Almost Rescued from Abuse

I am the second child, oldest daughter in a family that eventually grew to nine children, with each child spaced about two years apart. My parents read Michael Pearl and Above Rubies. They attended Bill Gothard’s ATIA (Advanced… Read More

Ohio: Senate Bill 248, “Teddy’s Law”

Theodore “Teddy” Foltz Tedesco was murdered by his mother’s boyfriend, Zaryl G. Bush, in January of 2013. Teddy’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, had withdrawn him from public school to homeschool him months before after teachers reported signs of abuse,… Read More

Elizabeth W.: “I am a survivor”

“My mother informed me that from now on we were all going to be “homeschooled” so that no more nosy teachers would be interfering in “our” (her) lives. One of my youngest stepsiblings had made some mention to a teacher of the rampant domestic violence that routinely rampaged through our home. . . . Homeschooling was the first step my mom took to make sure no one could get involved through children’s loose tongues ever again.”

Chandra B.: “Protections are a necessary part of all educational systems”

“Today as a public school educator, I advocate for strict oversight of homeschooling not only because of my horrible childhood, but also because I have been that typical homeschooling mom trying to do the best she can with little resources and support around her to daily keep her motivated.”