Six brothers from a reclusive family have been charged with sexually molesting a little four-year-old girl. And they kept it up - with their mom's knowledge! - until another brother told authorities. By that time? That little girl was 16.
Only imagine what it was like growing up in that house. The parents had little contact with the outside world and they were "homeschooling." One of the older children demonstrated difficulty writing his NAME when police spoke to him.
I'm on some facebook boards that vehemently deny this sort of story has anything whatsoever to do with homeschooling, because many of the "children" charged are adults. And how many teachers are out there giving lap dances to students and sexually abusing the kids there?
And I'd add: besides, this abuse started when the kid was a preschooler.
All of that, though, doesn't change the fact that this poor child was kept from the outside world and tortured emotionally and physically. And it doesn't change the fact that these "parents" used homeschooling as a tool to hide the abuse from people who would intervene.
It appears that North Carolina (where the abuse allegedly occurred) has some pretty strict laws. The children were to be tested annually. So the parents were likely not following the law, any more than they were following the regular ol' compulsory education laws.
Do you think changing any laws would prevent this sort of thing in the future? I am not sure if this girl saw a doctor each year or anything like that. It's just disgusting and horrifying that this could happen to a little child. I do wonder what we as a society can do to prevent this sort of thing without a witch hunt.