How Christian Culture Excuses Sex Offenders

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Over the past week, as I have followed the response to the revelation that Josh Duggar sexually molested five girls as a teen, I have grown only more disheartened. At times I've started to hyperventilate. Many Christians are placing more emphasis on protecting Josh than on protecting his victims. Just as many have proven themselves unable to distinguish between consensual premarital sexual contact and nonconsensual premarital sexual contact. Even more have acted as though forgiveness should n … [Read more...]

When the Perpetrators Matter More than the Victims

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In March 2002, Jim Bob Duggar found out that his fourteen-year-old son, Josh, was sexually molesting prepubescent girls. Jim Bob did not say anything about this to the authorities until July 2003, even as it continued to happen and the list of victims grew. And in the wake of these revelations, I have been absolutely horrified by the number of people who have said they would not have immediately reported their fourteen-year-old son for molesting prepubescent girls either.I have a … [Read more...]

Why Josh Duggar’s “Teenage Mistakes” Matter

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Last week it was revealed that Josh Duggar sexually assaulted five girls in two families, some as young as five, when he was a teenager. This took place over the course of a year. Josh's father, Jim Bob, did not report the incidents to law enforcement until 16 months after the initial incident, and even then only did so to a family friend who then failed to file a report. The incidents came to the attention of the authorities in 2006, but by then the statute of limitations had passed. Any c … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar and the Tale of Two Boxes

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In the wake of revelations that Josh Duggar sexually molested five girls in two families as a teenager, I've seen some Duggar supporters argue that progressives and liberals don't have any room to criticize Josh given that . . . well, let me just show you:Text as follows: If this boy had been experimenting with girls in a non-Christian family, then he would have been encouraged. I know a family that were proudly showing photos of the their teenage son on a trip to Disneyland … [Read more...]

Anna Duggar and the Silencing Power of Forgiveness

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I have been coming upon more and more truly excellent commentary in the aftermath of the revelation that Josh Duggar sexually molested five girls in two families as a teenager---and that his parents, their elders, and local law enforcement covered this up. There is Samantha's How Josh Duggar Is Getting Away with It, for example, and Kathryn Elizabeth's Josh Duggar Says He's Sorry. So What? I've seen defenders argue that we shouldn't be airing the family's private affairs publicly, and that this … [Read more...]

What Did Josh Duggar’s Counseling Look Like?

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This week the news broke that Josh Duggar sexually molested at least five girls in two families while he was a teen. I can't say for sure what Josh Duggar's counseling looked like, though it appears it was handled in-house, through the family and likely also through the church and Christian ministries the family follows, such as Bill Gothard's Advanced Training Institute (ATI). What I can do is speak to the sort of counseling Bill Gothard and ATI provide.The Duggars have long been avid foll … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know about the Josh Duggar Police Report

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New readers may be interested in my previous writings on the Duggars, including Carefully Scripted Lives: My Concerns about the Duggars, written in February 2012 and An Open Letter to Duggar Defenders, written in August 2014. When I first saw rumors circulating yesterday I didn't pay any attention, because the accusations were vague and felt rehashed. Remember when the tabloids reported that Jessa Duggar had sex at the church immediately after her wedding, based on a word of an obviously s … [Read more...]


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