I just read the police report and honestly, can’t hold my tongue (which I have to confess I didn’t when I posted on Facebook earlier). But first, I have to fully disclose a few things. I have never watched the show 19 Kids and Counting. I could have cared less about the Duggars until a few years ago when she got pregnant for the 20th time and lost the baby starting a media frenzy about how many kids were too many. That’s when I started to pay a little attention. I thought they were odd.
Unless you live under a rock, you know that Josh Duggar has been exposed as a child molester and he’s confessed. Here’s what he said, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
Bullshit. Here’s what his parents did. They covered it up. First, in 2002 Jim Bob did nothing (he disciplined his child). Then, he turned to the church. Supposedly, they sent Josh for counseling but that didn’t happen, they just sent him away for six months. Finally, a year later, Jim Bob did turn to authorities but he didn’t report his son. He turned to a state trooper who chastised his son, didn’t report it himself and is now a convicted of child pornography. Finally, three years later the crimes are reported to social services by Harpo Studios- not the Duggars. We can argue all day over whether the Duggars did the right thing but no matter how you spin or position it the fact remains that their son molested his own sisters and they did very little to make it stop.
I understand how a parent might want to protect a child from going to a juvenile detention center. Bad things happen to people in the pen. However, bad things were happening in the Duggar house already. According to the police report, their son was “forcibly fondling” the breasts and vaginas of some of their daughters (to protect them all the names are blacked out of the report) yet both parents chose to ignore it for a while. Sick.
That’s what really bugs me about this entire thing. They chose to protect one of their children at the expense of the others. They protected their son instead of their daughters who were sexually assaulted repeatedly by their brother. They were victimized.
Imagine being physically violated. You’re young and while you sleep, your brother creeps in your room and touches you inappropriately. It’s confusing. No one’s supposed to touch you there. So, you go to the people you trust, your parents, and start to ask questions. They, in turn, do nothing and it happens again. And again. Eventually it stops, but not soon enough. Every day you sit in home school with your molester and at the dinner table every night. On Sunday, you’re in church together praying. And, at night, you’re fair game to be fondled again because he has easy access to you. Can you imagine how scary this was for their girls?
But here’s the thing. Karma’s a bitch. Their son is exposed and the media may not stop until they can print the names of the daughter’s involved in the scandal. It’s not going to go away with an apology. Their show, will probably get canceled. What little credibility they had outside of the right-wing Christian world is probably shot. Shame on the Duggars.