Duggar Family Failed On 3 Separate Occasions To Bring Josh to Justice

Indrani Sengupta
New details have emerged about the Duggar scandal that suggest that parents Jim Bob and Michelle privileged the reputation of their family over the wellbeing of their daughters

Remember that time that Duggar patriarch James “Jim Bob” called for the death penalty for criminals who had committed rape or incest?

Not only did he fail to extend this policy to his own son, Josh Duggar, but he did so on 3 separate occasions.

The eldest Duggar son recently confessed to sexually molesting 5 underage girls, including 4 of his own sisters.

It’s become apparent that Josh had told his parents 3 different times that he had molested his sisters, detailing at least 7 acts of sexual molestation against them.

The police report on the case notes that

“James said that in March of 2002 [Josh] who had just turned 14, came to him very upset and crying. James said that [Josh] had told him that he had been sneaking into [his sisters’] room at night and had been touching [his sisters] on the breasts and vaginal areas while they were sleeping.”

Parents Jim Bob and Michelle actively hid the story, perhaps to protect their son, or to protect the reputation of their family and of their reality television show, 19 Kids and Counting. All at the expense of their own daughters.

We wonder if this privileging of male wellbeing over female is a running trend in the Duggars household, and if the Duggar parents' notion of sex as something taken by a man, given by a woman, exists on a continuum with Josh Duggar's actions.

In the following video, Jim Bob tells his newly married daughter and her husband that

"both of you'll like the physical relationship, but the guy....that'll be kinda the main focus." 

Only after 16 months did Jim Bob and Michelle bring the matter of Josh's crimes to the attention of authorities. But they still failed to get their son and daughters the counseling they so desperately needed. Initially, they claimed that they had sent Josh to counseling, but Michelle later revealed that said “counseling” was no more than the home of a family friend (presumably unequipped to “counsel”).

By the time the police were able to begin investigating Duggar, the statute of limitations on his crimes had expired.

In the wake of these continually unfolding details, Josh Duggar has resigned from his post as executive director of the Family Research Council Action, known for lobbying against same-sex marriage, LGBT adoption, divorce, and pornography. The hypocrisy here is palpable. 

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