Josh Duggar started 2015 known as the oldest brother of the 19 Kids And Counting reality TV family. Then came the reports that Josh had molested five underage girls, four of whom were his sisters, when he was a teenager, and that the Duggar family had hidden their dark secret for decades, and he rose to infamy. With their reality TV show cancelled by TV, the publicity had just started to die when the hacking of the Ashley Madison website revealed that Josh had paid for two accounts to arrange affairs unknown to his wife, Anna. Duggar subsequently admitted to cheating on Anna and an addiction to pornography, and entered rehab for sex addiction.
Now, the Duggars have returned to TV courtesy of TLC with a new show, Jill & Jessa: Counting On. But the Duggar family is still lying about Josh’s sex scandals to the public, according to In Touch.
At 27, Josh wasn’t a featured member of the Duggar family’s new show, but the subject of his scandals took center stage for much of the spin-off. And what the family said about the scandals, in particular the molestation of his sisters, versus the known facts is very different.
“There was a period of time in our family when Josh was not to be trusted,” said Jessa Duggar, now 23.
Duggar’s sister, who is among those he molested, claimed that following family counseling, the trust was “restored.” But did counseling really take place? In Touch reports that Josh did not go through traditional counseling at any time throughout or following the news that he had molested some of his sisters, as well as a non-familial young girl. Rather than visit with a certified professional for treatment, Josh was supervised by a friend of the family to do tasks such as building houses.
As for counseling for the Duggar sisters molested by Josh? Jill Duggar, now 24, offered her own account of what occurred in the family during the time in which Josh was molesting his sisters and afterwards.
“After that time, it was really, really hard on our family. You know that was 12 years ago and the healing process started shortly after that happened,” said Jill.
But, according to the police report documenting the investigation, In Touch discovered that matriarch Michelle and patriarch Jim Bob failed to seek any type of counseling or guidance for the sisters molested by Josh for two years. Their son repeatedly victimized some of his sisters, and the parents did not notify authorities for well over a year following the initial discovery of what Josh was doing.
Jill claims that counseling occurred during the child molestation period. However, In Touch‘s reports reveal that no therapy occurred until the police investigated and child services became involved.
“While they imply that counseling helped them heal, the girls went years without receiving necessary treatment because the parents’ refusal to properly acknowledge their son’s wrongdoings,” reports In Touch.
One question that rose early in the publicity surrounding the news that Josh Duggar had molested some of his sisters was why Jill and Jessa chose to self-identify themselves as two of his victims.
On their new show, Jill complained that it was not right to become known as a victim.
“To be thrown under the bus was really hard,” complained Jill.
But no victims’ names were released until the two sisters identified themselves. In Touch‘s sources contend that the girls chose to do so because they hoped at that time they could prevent 19 Kids and Counting from being cancelled.
As the Inquisitr reported, some of Josh’s brothers also expressed their shock when they found out that Duggar had cheated on his wife, Anna.
Joseph revealed that that he never imagined that Josh was cheating on Anna, obliquely referring to the child molestation reports as the “first thing,” and the Ashley Madison as “the next situation” in his discussion of how the Duggars reacted.
“Even after the first thing came out about him when he was younger, I never had quite as close a relationship as I did whenever I was really young … This next situation came up [and] it blew my mind. I had no idea,” said Joseph. “I don’t think there’s any way any of us would have known that my brother’s living such a secret life.”
As for Anna Duggar, more is set to be revealed in the next episodes, which will be broadcast December 20 and 27 at 9 p.m. on TLC.
But will she discuss the possibility that she might divorce Josh following the shock and heartbreak she felt after he confessed to cheating on her? Anna recently visited Duggar at the rehab facility where he is being treated for sex addiction, reported Fashion & Style.
The couple have four children, but Anna took only the youngest, baby Meredith, with her. Josh reportedly discussed the claims from an adult film star, Danica Dillon, that he had an affair, and contended that they were not true. Moreover, Anna is reported to have felt her husband is telling the truth and has genuinely repented for cheating on her.
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