Protect Homeschooled Children from Child Savers

More than a year ago, I wrote a column called Donald Trump and the Child Savers: Not a Band, But They Sing the Same Song. In that column I wrote: Some of the same people

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Richard Wexler
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Richard Wexler is Executive Director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, His interest in child welfare grew out of 19 years of work as a reporter for newspapers, public radio and public television. During that time, he won more than two dozen awards, many of them for stories about child abuse and foster care. He is the author of Wounded Innocents: The Real Victims of the War Against Child Abuse (Prometheus Books: 1990, 1995).


  1. Marie Cohen needs to first read your book Wounded Innocents and then my book Elusive Innocence, and then take a deep breath and redact her recommendation.

  2. You are correct that Cohen and others calling for government/state controls that target homeschool families is generally based on selective horror stories. She and the others habitually commit the fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc (e.g., because abuse showed up after a claim of homeschooling, homeschooling caused it) and the fallacy of innuendo.

    If Cohen and others of her thinking want to protect the most American children the fastest, they should promote a law that requires all public school children to be privately interviewed 4 times per year about any and all sexting, harassment, bullying, sexual advances, inappropriate touching, bodily penetration, and more by school teachers, coaches, custodians, administrators, and other school students and publicize the findings in a local newspaper 4 times per year. What would happen to the entire state/public school system and generally blind use of it? Research shows that millions are mistreated in public schools with mandatory reporters around every corner.

    • Here is a link to the Report Stop Hurting Kids detailing harmful seclusion (isolation), restraint (captivity, physical abuse) etc within Public Schools. While Educational informants are the number one reporters of natural parents to the out of control cash for kids child apprehension system, they are least likely to report on fellow collaborators. These actual reports of child abuse and even torture, when reported by natural parents following disclosure by the child are rarely acted upon on and even run the real risk of the natural family becoming a target of unwarranted child apprehension.

  3. Homeschooled kids who are abused are not only more likely to be adopted, they are also more likely to be living in fundamentalist Christian families. There is a prominent fundamentalist Christian family, the Pearls, who have written a best-selling book “To Train Up a Child” that advocates beating children into submission. Yet, we also don’t see laws that prevent fundamentalist Christians from having children or adopting them.

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