19 Duggar Scandals And Counting On: A Look Back At Times Viewers Were Shocked

Steph Bazzle

What's in a name? If it wasn't a Duggar, would the scandal sound the same?

Let's be fair -- the Duggar family is controversial, and viewers have something to say if a Duggar lady wears shorts or a Duggar dad says he's "babysitting." Not every scandal is on the level of Josh Duggar's police reports that were released last spring, and some might not garner a fraction of the attention from another family.

Even after the past year of rather serious scandals, though, the Duggar family is back for more reality TV, so here's a quick look back at 19 of the issues that have caused serious controversy for the family.

Gawker would later report that in Josh Duggar's 2006 police report, the children reporting as victims told police a rod (Pearl's recommended method) was used for spanking in their home.

"God's honest truth that the molestation happened. It happened to four of his 5 sisters. [redacted victim information] There was no rape involved, but molested. I could go into detail, but I won't. Of course, you can find nothing about the charges. The Duggar's want to keep this hid. Wouldn't you?"

This brings us to the big one: Josh.

This would lead to the next several major scandals for the family.

It didn't take long for viewers to find photos that depicted the allegedly forbidden lap-sitting. Duggar Memes even has a shot of Josie Duggar sitting on Josh Duggar's lap, which can also be seen in the 19 Kids And Counting episode, "Baby Gender Reveal & the Final Weigh In." (On Amazon here.)

That wasn't all, though. In the interview, the Duggar parents also said they had no idea the police reports were being released. Later, a statement from the mayor of Springdale revealed that they had been alerted throughout the process.

Duggar has never confessed to holding this specific account, but it comes into play in Duggar's latest scandal that we'll get to shortly.

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"Anyone can iron [a husband's] shirt, anybody can make lunch for him. He can get his lunch somewhere else. But you are the only one who can meet that special need that he has in his life for intimacy. You're it. You're the only one. So don't forget that, that he needs you. So when you are exhausted at the end of the day, maybe from dealing with little ones, and you fall into bed so exhausted at night, don't forget about him because you and he are the only ones who can have that time together. No one else in the world can meet that need."

Though a recent Duggar family social media post hints that they're being persecuted for their religious beliefs, and a few of the acts that have earned them scorn have been relatively minor, it's clear that there have been a number of serious scandals in the Duggar family, especially over the past two years. Is it time for the Duggar family to step out of the spotlight? Only the viewers can decide that.

[Image via Duggar Family Facebook]

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