Jinger Duggar, 21, and Jana Duggar, 25, are old enough to leave home, so some 19 Kids and Counting fans might be wondering while they’re still there — why stay in a place full of so many horrible childhood memories when you’re a grown woman?
As it turns out, Jinger actually has big city dreams — her parents just won’t let her escape their family compound. However, as 19 Kids and Counting fans recently found out, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar owe her big time for what they let her older brother get away with.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jinger and Jana’s older brother, Josh Duggar, recently confessed to sexually molesting five young women. Judging from the police report obtained by In Touch Weekly, four of these young women were his own sisters. To make matters worse, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar tried to keep Josh from getting into any legal trouble by handling things their own way — this meant that a majority of his victims were forced to live with him for years without any real reassurance that he wouldn’t act on his “urges” again. Josh would have been 14 at the time he was touching his sisters’ breasts and genitals while they slept, and it’s possible that his youngest victim was just five-years-old.
Jinger Duggar was nine at the time Josh Duggar started molesting young girls, and it’s likely that she was one of his victims. According to a recent report by Gawker, rumors about Josh’s deviant behavior have been floating around on the web for a very long time. In 2007, a blog commenter named “Alice” spilled details about Josh’s actions, and they match up with In Touch‘s report. She claimed that Jana Duggar was the only sister who wasn’t molested by Josh (it’s important to point out that Joy-Anna was the youngest sister at this time — the other Duggar daughters weren’t born yet).
So if Jinger Duggar was molested by Josh, and her parents forced her to live with her abuser all these years, why didn’t she fly the coop as soon as she got the chance?
Sadly, Jinger and her sisters don’t have many options in life. No Duggar daughter has ever gone to college, and the girls don’t get to leave home until they get married. This has been the pattern with Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar, and it will likely continue — with no college education, it would be hard for Jana and Jinger to find jobs to support themselves.
According to Patheos, many families who share the Duggars’ extreme religious beliefs also have a way to ensure that no child leaves home unless it’s on their parents terms — they threaten to cut them off from the rest of their siblings. Fans of 19 Kids and Counting can see that Jana and Jinger obviously love their siblings, so they might not want to risk never seeing them again by breaking their family’s rules.
However, this doesn’t mean that the girls don’t dream of their freedom. According to a 2012 report by RadarOnline, Jinger Duggar shared one of these dreams during an episode of 19 Kids and Counting.
“She doesn’t want to live three hours out from civilization,” Jessa told the 19 Kids cameras.
“No! City please city please,” Jinger said.
In other words, Jinger Duggar wants to get as far away from her family’s rural Arkansas home as possible.
However, Michelle Duggar basically said that there’s no chance in hell of this ever happening. During a follow-up interview with RadarOnline, she tried to explain what her daughter really meant — according to Michelle, her daughter just wants to live “15 minutes from a Wal-mart.”
“Jinger didn’t mean she wanted to move to New York City,” Michelle said. “She meant that she wants to live closer to a city. We’re talking right near a city, but not New York City.”
Michelle later reiterated that there’s no way that Jinger will ever get to take a bite out of the big apple.
“New York City is way above what we would ever consider a city where she should move!”
Unfortunately, Michelle Duggar didn’t just destroy her daughter’s big city dreams — she suggested that she should go stay with her molester brother instead of heading to NYC.
“Jinger would love to spend time with her brother and all their children in Washington.”
Now this comment comes off a bit like a threat. And even if Jinger is comfortable staying at her abuser brother’s house, she likely won’t be visiting D.C. anytime soon — Josh Duggar just lost his job with the Family Research Council hate group, so he might have to return home now that he’s jobless.
If TLC decides to cancel 19 Kids and Counting, here’s an idea for the network: send Jana, Joy-Anna, and Jinger Duggar to New York City as soon as Joy turns 18. Film their adventures away from their family for a new reality show, and help the girls make enough money to support themselves without their parents’ help.
Do you think Jinger Duggar will strike out her own now that her family’s dirty little secret has many Duggar fans seeing that the family’s way of doing things is dangerously flawed? And would you watch a reality show about the Duggar daughters breaking out on their own?
[Image credit: Duggar Family Instagram]