Former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal made headlines after her parents outed her for pretending to be black for over a decade. But Rachel’s ethnicity only scratches the surface of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Dolezal family.
It’s been reported that Dolezal’s brother Joshua has been accused of sexually abusing a female sibling in 2001 or 2002 — when she was only 6 or 7 years old. A trial is set in August for the 39-year-old, currently a college professor, who was charged on four accounts of sexual assault in 2013.
According to reports, the 20-year-old alleged victim told officials that Joshua made the victim undress in front of him and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
The accuser told adopted mother Ruthanne about the alleged abuse but she “did not believe [victim] and told [victim] to stop telling lies.”
But the rest of the family seems to disagree. Rachel’s adopted brother Ezra claimed that “Rachel decided to tear our family apart,” and made things up about Joshua abusing the victim. He explained:
“It’s more false statements. It’s a really horrible situation.”
Ruthanne says the victim also suffers from reactive attachment disorder, where the child can’t bond with a parent and “seeks to cause trouble in the family.” She detailed:
“Our son wasn’t even home a lot of the time it was alleged it was happening, and I was a stay-at-home mother and very attentive to the kids because of her disorder. I never left her at home with our son or anything like that.”
Rachel was reportedly contacted in September of 2013 about her adopted sibling’s claims. She told authorities that her sibling informed her about the abuse three months prior, and wanted to help her sibling “seek closure.”
On Monday, the 37-year-old resigned from her chair as NAACP chapter president and has said that the controversy over her racial identity was planted by her parents as her brother’s trial approaches.
However, Ruthanne disputed that claim as well, saying:
“We did not initiate it but when we were asked we were honest. We didn’t participate in the lies. We couldn’t. We won’t.”
It’s clear this family is going through a lot of turmoil amidst all this controversy. We hope the truth comes out and that this divided family finds a way to make peace.
[Image via Rachel Dolezal’s Facebook/Young Kwak/The Inlander]