The civil suit may mean Josh and his family could be forced to give details on the abuse and the cover up, according to InTouch.
It was only late May when Josh Duggar’s past of sexual abuse came to light, after InTouch uncovered former investigations into abuse claims against the now 27-year-old that had been covered up by Josh’s family members.
Now the magazine is reporting that Josh is being sued by one of his victims – two of his five victims were his younger sisters – who is reportedly very upset that the last month has seen her relive the abuse as a result of the media attention.
The victim reportedly feels Josh and his family are attempting to minimise her pain by covering up the abuse.
The civil suit that has been filed by the victim could mean Josh’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, are forced to testify about the abuse.
InTouch states the family will be forced to answer questions about their role in covering up the abuse, including how long before Josh and his victims received counselling and what they did when they first found out about the abuse in 2002.
“It’s not uncommon for a victim to come forward years after the abuse has taken place,” a source said.
“She may have repressed it or processed it in her own way, but Josh’s public admission that he did something wrong — and how Jim Bob and Michelle handled everything on TV — surely had to affect her.”
The magazine also says the Duggars cannot evoke the Fifth Amendment – which states that “no person shall be held to answer for a capital or infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury” – as the statute of limitations has expired.
Mamamia will update this article as the story develops.
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