53 minutes ago, Natalie22 said:
Brenda stopped all publicity and worked to focus on her children's wellbeing, including fully cooperating with law enforcement.
I think you could argue that she didn't focus on their wellbeing until people were watching to see if she was focused on their wellbeing.
While Toby seems like a scary dude, there was no evidence that he abused his wife. No evidence Josh did either. I mean, it wouldn't surprise me if Toby did, but there's never been any evidence of it (there is evidence he hit his kids, though).
I also think that if you walk into a police station and tell them your husband is raping his daughters, that man will be arrested and is no longer a threat. The children's honesty could easily be confirmed by a doctor.
Honestly, if my daughter told me something like that, I'd pack up the kids and move to a hotel so my child wouldn't have to have one more night under the roof of her rapist. If I couldn't pay the hotel bill, oh well. Better than my kid being harmed.
Since Brenda had over ten years of denial, I think one can excuse Anna's denial, since she only learned of the CSA charge a couple of years ago. Even if you include the earlier scandal, it hasn't been 10 years.
I honestly think if (God forbid) one of Anna's daughters were being sexually assaulted by Josh, she would protect that child.
3 hours ago, AprilQuilt said:
Jessica tried to tell her when she was 9 years old, but apparently was unable to articulate exactly what her father was doing to her (and surely this is the perfect example of why children need to be given the vocabulary to talk about their own bodies, and not be ashamed to do so).
Exactly. However, any mother who hears "Dad got into my bed while I was sleeping and took off his pajamas." is going to ask more questions. Brenda was a grown woman and knew what that could mean. Very few young children have the correct language, yet pedophiles are caught and convicted.