The Duggars failed the people they should have been protecting. And that’s a truth they can’t cover up.
There has been a lot of talk of the Duggars over the past few days.
The fact that they actively concealed their son’s sexual offences, the measures that they took in response and the extensive explanations they have given about Josh’s “mistakes” (you can read more about that here).
Fans of their reality show 19 Kids and Counting are very concerned about the how Josh is coping with these mistakes from his past being brought up so long after it happened (you can read more about the bizarre justifications that fans have for Josh’s assaults here). And many viewers feel betrayed by the show (including Mia, who wrote about feeling sucked in to the Duggar circus here).
But there is one question that has not been asked of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. And it is the question that matters the most:
Who was protecting the interests of the five girls who were molested on the breasts and genitals by Josh Duggar while they lay in their beds?
Four of Josh’s five victims were forced to live for years with their attacker. They were forced to watch on as their parents failed to act to protect them and waited years before reporting him to police. These girls smiled for the cameras of a reality TV show for TEN SEASONS, while the family kept their abuse a secret.
The horror of surviving an incestuous assault is devastating – but to be forced to live that nightmare unsupported and in the public eye is unimaginably cruel. Theirs is the voice that has not been heard in this discussion. It is their interest that has not been considered. They are the vulnerable group who was not made to feel precious by the people who should have cared for them the most.
Perhaps the most damning indictment on the family’s treatment of their daughters is in their public statements.
See below for social media reactions to Josh Duggar’s admission. Post continues after gallery.
Here’s how Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar explained their reaction to learning that their daughters were sexually assaulted in their own home: “When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.”