Monday, January 4, 2016

For Parents or Children? (QF: The View from Here)

This series of posts results includes excerpts from information shared with a journalist in August of 2015 who had questions about the Quiverfull Movement as it related to the Duggar Family.

Find the Index of all posts HERE.

Can you elaborate on the experiences you've heard from survivors of the QF cult? The lack of healthcare, emotional and physical abuse, risks of so many pregnancies and births, girls being robbed of their own childhoods, shame surrounding bodies and sex et cetera. It would be great to flesh those as a little so the readers can really understand the terrible impact of these on the women that you've helped.

Raising Children, Response Part Six:

The Inestimable Damage Suffered by Sons and Daughters

Survivors of the QF/P began to surface in the ‘90s in the early days of the internet. The Gothard Discussion Yahoo Group served as one of the first, early forums, though it addressed the needs of parents. Those who were raised using Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute (ATI) curriculum organized their own private online forums, many of which fractured and splintered. Threads of them remained, however, and many who sought a healing community in the original groups now participate with the forums and website,

Since the 2010 publication of Quivering Daughters, another new group of well organized SGAs have established Homeschoolers Anonymous, Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out, and the Coalition for Responsible Home Education which hosts Homeschooling’s Invisible Children. They offer a new forum for survivors of the movement to tell about their experiences, good and bad, towards the end of changing homeschooling for those who follow behind them.

They have conducted research projects and advocate for more oversight in individual states that have little (as each state in the US has established their own rules governing the practice of homeschooling, some of which require nothing of parents). They also track the incidence of injury, neglect, and morbidity that has gone unnoticed or has been ignored by the formal leaders who control and guide the homeschooling movement who seem more interested in preserving their own freedoms than they do in the best interests of the children in their homeschooling communities.

~ Cynthia Kunsman
The view of Quiverfull from my vantage
August 2015