Pearlman writes analysis piece for CNN on Duggar family

Dr. Catherine Pearlman

Dr. Catherine Pearlman

Dr. Catherine Pearlman, assistant professor in the School of Arts and Sciences and a social worker, wrote an analysis for the CNN website about the handling of abuse allegations and the Duggar family,  the stars of the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.” She said that the way it was handled sends the message to girls that boys take priority over their being abused.

“Over much of the last seven years, the nation watched and adored the Duggar family for its values. We lauded their unity and praised their parenting techniques. Now we need to use this case to hold those in positions to protect children accountable. There is a viral debate now over whether TLC should cancel “19 Kids and Counting.” Who cares? Putting the focus on the show and not the issue is just one more failure in a long list of them,” she wrote.

The story has generated more than 400 comments.

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