In light of Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal, TLC has cancelled the popular reality show, 19 Kids and Counting. Now the Dorchester Children’s Center located in Summerville, South Carolina, is speaking out in light of this recent scandal.
The Duggars accused their son, Josh, of child molestation when he was a teenager. The Dorchester Children’s Center assesses children and teens who, like Josh, displayed sexually deviant behavior problems at a young age. They then place those children in weekly group meetings. The children’s center treats a wide range of ages, from preschool to adolescents.
Therapists at the center say it’s important for both parents and children to be aware of their sexual deviant behavior. The Dorchester Children’s Center partnered with a program called “Be Safe” to help promote awareness of this problem. Meghan Nyers, a therapist at the center, didn’t directly speak out about the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, but she did say that children should be aware of their inappropriate behavior. In fact, it’s important that the family is aware of their children’s action, so they can seek therapy.
“Some children don’t know these behaviors are wrong, they don’t know that their behaviors are inappropriate or not ok… so teaching the young children there are ok and not ok touches and to disclose about it, and teaching the parents or the teachers what to look for in terms of how to respond to these kids or how to just ask questions.”
As for Josh Duggar, he didn’t seek therapy. Instead, he took “lust counseling” and carpentry classes to deal with his sexual deviant behavior. Last month, it was reported that Duggar sexually abused five underage girls, including four of his sisters, when he was 15. Since the child molestation started, Duggar has bowed out of the public eye. He has refused several interviews and public appearances with his family. He even stepped down from his high-power position at the Family Research Council (FRC).
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Josh was sent to a religious institute called Basic Life Principles (IBLP). The leader of the “cultish” center, Bill Gothard, spoke to the British tabloid about the “treatments” that Josh received during his visit. He claimed that Josh was “cleansed” by his “godly mentor.” He also revealed that the controversial program includes lessons in carpentry, “lust counseling,” and religious classes about the seven stresses – including lust – and the seven commands Jesus gave for each one.
Bill Gothard quit his position at the center after allegations emerged that he sexually harassed dozens of women. Duggar was not under the supervision of Gothard. He was supervised by training leader Harold Walker. Gothard told the Daily Mail that Walker guided Duggar on the path to the Lord and becoming a Christian.
“Once he became a Christian his conscience became more delicate and he wanted to follow and please the Lord. It was a turning point in his life.”
According to Bill, the Christian-based treatment program teaches sexually deviant people that lust affects their immune system.
“The endocrine system consists of about 16 or 17 or so glands throughout our body and they are affected by our sexual drive. Lust can have a positive or negative effect on the body, depending on what it’s for. God designed us to have an attraction to the opposite sex for marriage, but w***emongers will be damaged by their own system.”
Check out the entire report on the Daily Mail here. Last month, Jessa Duggar revealed in an interview that she was one of the sisters molested by her brother Josh. Her husband, Ben Seewald, warned women to “be careful” around men. In a shocking post on Instagram, he informed women to stay away from men who have the wrong intentions.
“Ladies… watch out for dudes that want to date you, but have no intention whatsoever of any serious relationship. A lot of guys want to enjoy you and play with your heart and emotions with no commitment or responsibility on their part. They’re thinking, ‘Why do I need to commit? I’m getting what I want… and when I get tired of her I’ll just move on to the next girl I can use.’ Just be careful girls. Don’t give away your heart or your body to someone who isn’t prepared to cherish you for the long haul.”
Some slammed Ben for speaking out amid the child molestation scandal. In some of the comments, fans asked why it has to be the women’s responsibility to “save their hearts and bodies” when it’s the men who should “control” their lustful feelings.
There is no doubt that more people will continue to speak out in light of this case. What are your thoughts on Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal? Do you think he should receive therapy, similar to the one provided at Dorchester Children’s Center? Do you believe that he was “cleansed” from his sins? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.
[Image: Josh Duggar via Instagram]