When it's a homeschooling family that goes wackadoodle, it's about the homeschooling or the fundamentalism. But when a public school family goes crazy, it's about "poverty" or "culture" or "mental illness." Go check the news sometime and see if I'm not right.
Now, look. I'm not saying child abuse didn't happen in the most recently publicized case. But I sure wouldn't bet a whole lot of money that it did, either, particularly as the teen witness to the alleged abuse didn't report it until years later as an adult. Don't give me this "victims are trapped" bullcrap. This ain't Pakistan or Yemen.
And the very fact that the allegations are published in some "let's talk about the horrid things that happen in homeschooling families and how we need to regulate these people" type blog also should give people a bit of pause. (That's one reason why I'm not linking, by the way.)
Like I said: I'm not saying abuse didn't or did happen. That's a question for DFS and the courts and so on. What I am saying is that people love to jump on this kind of crap, because they want to "prove" that homeschooling is bad, or wrong, or is somehow "led" by a bunch of child-molesting, patriarchal weirdos who believe in things like using essential oils to combat Ebola.
There are so many new homeschoolers out there it's just incredible. I frequently come across new homeschooling parents who I'll bet don't even know who Mary Pride is, let alone most of the people at the center of this crapola. So to be all triumphant about this family's problems 1. probably isn't going to affect the homeschooling community too very much, and 2. is really poor form. Publicizing the identities of allegedly molested children? Yeah, that's pretty much what you are doing when you print the names of their parents.