Justice: In the latest Duggar scandal the homeschool program connected with the Duggar family is being sued for sexually abusing minors.
The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a leader in the Christian homeschooling movement with well-documented ties to the Duggar family, is being sued for “sexual abuse, sexual harassment and inappropriate/unauthorized touching.”
The Washington Post reports that five plaintiffs — Gretchen Wilkinson, Charis Barker, Rachel Frost, Rachel Lees and a Jane Doe — claim the organization and its board of directors enabled and covered up sexual abuse and harassment of interns, employees, and other participants in its programs.
Each of the plaintiffs are seeking $50,000 in damages, alleging that the organization and its board acted negligently, with willful and wanton disregard for them, and engaged in a civil conspiracy to conceal the wrongdoing.
The lawsuit, which was filed this past Tuesday in DuPage County Circuit Court in Illinois, alleges that IBLP:
Failed to adequately train and/or supervise their staff, including management/supervisory staff and/or have appropriate policies and procedures in place to prevent and/or deter sexual abuse, harassment, or inappropriate/unauthorized touching of young female interns, employees, and participants in IBLP programs;
Despite defendant IBLP’s prior knowledge of allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment being committed against its participants, interns, and employees, many of whom were under eighteen years of age at the times of the sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate/unauthorized touching, IBLP failed to report these allegations to law enforcement authorities… and said wrongful conduct was allowed to continue;
Despite decades of on-going sexual abuse, sexual harassment and inappropriate/unauthorized touching and credible reports thereof, Defendant IBLP failed to conduct a reasonable investigation into the allegations, and said wrongful conduct was allowed to continue;
When an investigation was finally conducted, IBLP conducted a sham investigation regarding the allegations of sexual abuse and harassment;
IBLP concealed allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment from scrutiny by law enforcement agencies and the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services;
IBLP conducted an unreasonable investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse and harassment; and
IBLP was otherwise careless or negligent supervision of its staff, directors, agents, and employees during the relevant times herein.
IBLP is behind the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) coursework used by Christian homeschoolers across the country and around the world. The curriculum was featured in several episodes of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” with the Duggar children being filmed at the kitchen table studying ATI workbooks for the family’s reality show on TLC.
Inquisitr reports the TLC series often featured the Duggar family at ATI conventions and televised sons John David and Josiah attending training at the organization’s ALERT academy. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have often been keynote speakers at ATI events and other IBLP programs.