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August 26, 2015

Disgraced reality TV star Josh Duggar has checked himself into a long term treatment center after being implicated in multiple salacious scandals.

News of Duggar entering rehab comes only six days after he admitted to living a “double life” in a statement confirming his involvement with Ashley Madison, the infamous website for individuals interested in arranging extramarital affairs.

In that statement Duggar confessed to his hypocrisy and his betrayal:

I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.

Now, in a statement issued earlier today, August 26, Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, declared that their son had “brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear,” while sharing the news that their oldest son had entered a long-term treatment center.

Duggar Family Statement:

We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh. As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear. Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center. For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future. During this time we continue to look to God—He is our rock and comfort. We ask for your continued prayers for our entire family.

The good news is that Duggar is seeking treatment. There can be no doubt that Josh needs counseling and some serious help. Last month TLC cancelled “19 Kids and Counting,” after it was revealed that Josh sexually assaulted four of his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

Adding insult to injury, last week Josh released a statement declaring “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever” and admitting to living a “double life” while confirming his involvement with Ashley Madison, the infamous website for individuals interested in arranging extramarital affairs.

And earlier today, multiple media outlets report that Duggar paid for sex with porn star Danica Dillon while his wife Anna was pregnant with their fourth child.

What is alarming is not so much that Josh paid for consensual sex, what is alarming is that Dillon reports that the sexual encounter was traumatizing, and that Duggar was violent with her and refused to use protection.

Duggar’s behavior indicates a serious and troubling problem with women. No doubt his despicable behavior is linked at least in part to his traumatizing upbringing in an environment of Christian extremism.

Indeed, Duggar is a victims of Christian patriarchy, a victim of Christian homeschooling, a victim of Christian parents who raised him to be an ideological prop in their perverted and deluded fantasy of Christian dominion.

Duggar is a victim of the radical Christian lifestyle known as the Quiverfull movement, a movement where children are raised to be cannon fodder in the Lord’s army: culture warriors bred to promote an ugly, intolerant, sexist, and homophobic brand of Christian extremism.

Given the extreme pressures of his parents’ perverse Christian faith, coupled with the pressures of being a child reality star, it is easy to understand why Duggar might be experiencing problems as an adult.

While the good news is that Duggar is seeking treatment, the bad news is that reports indicate Duggar has entered a “faith based” treatment program, which means Josh will not get the help he needs. Instead, in a Christian treatment center approved of by his extremist parents, Josh will probably end up blaming Satan for his misbehavior, rather than taking responsibility for his own actions.

Hiding behind religious superstition is not going to help Josh Duggar. For Josh, checking into some fundamentalist “faith based” treatment center is like an alcoholic going to a bar to stop drinking. It’s not going to work.

Josh Duggar (Image via Twitter)
Josh Duggar (Image via Twitter)
August 26, 2015

A porn star Josh Duggar paid for sex reports the sexual encounter was traumatizing, and that Duggar was violent with her and refused to use protection.

Adult actress Danica Dillon said she had two unpleasant but consensual paid sexual encounters with the former reality TV star and Christian “family values” activist after meeting him at a Philadelphia strip club in mid-March.

Dillon, speaking with In Touch magazine, describes first meeting Duggar at the Gold Club in Philadelphia, where she was performing:

He walked into the Gold Club like a normal patron and said he’d been a fan for a long time and has watched my career grow — he even said from before my boob job until recently — and that he loved watching my very first scene on [an adult website]. Then it got creepy.

Dillon goes on to explain that after watching her show and “eyeballing” her, Duggar bought $600 in private dances before offering her an additional $1500 for sex.

Dillon admits she “took the opportunity because Josh offered to gift [her] $1,500.” But soon after Josh arrived at her hotel room, things got rough:

He was manhandling me, basically tossing me around like I was a rag doll. It was very traumatic. I’ve had rough sex before, but this was terrifying.

Dillon, who passed a polygraph test conducted for In Touch by a top certified polygrapher on Aug. 24, said she had sex with Duggar a second time in April, when she was performing at Creekside Cabaret in Colmar, Pennsylvania. Again, Duggar paid “thousands of dollars” for the opportunity to have rough sex with the porn star.

Both paid sexual encounters occurred while Duggar’s wife Anna was pregnant with their fourth child.

Last month TLC cancelled “19 Kids and Counting,” after it was revealed that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, sexually assaulted four of his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

Adding insult to injury, last week Josh Duggar released a statement declaring “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever” and admitting to living a “double life” while confirming his involvement with Ashley Madison, the infamous website for individuals interested in arranging extramarital affairs.

Dillon says she expects other women to come forward with similar claims about the disgraced reality TV star:

I think that after I come out, there will probably be plenty more girls after me.

Dillon, showing nothing but contempt and scorn for Duggar, also had some advice for his wife, Anna:

I actually really hope that his wife leaves him and takes his children away from him and leaves him a lonely, bitter man. I don’t think he deserves happiness.

Danica Dillon (Image via Instagram)
Danica Dillon (Image via Instagram)
August 20, 2015

Josh Duggar admits to living a “double life” in a statement issued today confirming his involvement with Ashley Madison, the infamous website for individuals interested in arranging extramarital affairs.

Statement from Josh Duggar:

I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.

I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.

I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust.

The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country, I was hiding my own personal failings.

As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose to our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example.

I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.

Josh Duggar

Yesterday Gawker reported that data released online from the recent Ashley Madison hack revealed that Duggar, the disgraced former executive director of the Family Research Council and anti-gay activist, was a paying customer of the infamous website for individuals interested in extramarital affairs.

Last month TLC cancelled “19 Kids and Counting,” after it was revealed that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, sexually assaulted four of his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

(Image via YouTube)
(Image via YouTube)
August 19, 2015

More Duggar schadenfreude: Family values advocate and serial child molester Josh Duggar had a paid account on Ashley Madison, the infamous website for individuals interested in arranging extramarital affairs.

Gawker reports that data released online from the recent Ashley Madison hack reveals that Duggar, the disgraced former executive director of the Family Research Council and anti-gay activist, was a paying customer of the infamous website for individuals interested in extramarital affairs.

According to Gawker:

Someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, with a billing address that matches the home in Fayetteville, Arkansas owned by his grandmother Mary—a home that was consistently shown on their now-cancelled TV show, and in which Anna Duggar gave birth to her first child—paid a total of $986.76 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015.

As for Duggar’s extramarital sexual interests, according to the data, Josh Duggar was paying Ashley Madison to find an extramarital partner for the following acts:

“Conventional Sex,” Experimenting with Sex Toys,” One-Night Stands,” “Open to Experimentation,” “Gentleness,” “Good With Your Hands,” Sensual Massage,” “Extended Foreplay/Teasing,” “Bubble Bath for 2,” “Likes to Give Oral Sex,” “Likes to Receive Oral Sex,” “Someone I Can Teach,” “Someone Who Can Teach Me,” “Kissing,” “Cuddling & Hugging,” “Sharing Fantasies,” “Sex Talk.”

According to the report, Duggar was looking for the following attributes in his potential extramarital sexual partner:

“A Professional/Well Groomed,” “Stylish/Classy,” “Casual Jeans/T-shirt Type,” “Muscular/Fit Body,” ”Petite Figure,” “Tall Height,” “Short Height,” “Long Hair,””Short Hair,” “Girl Next Door,” “Naughty Girl,” “Sense of Humor,” “Imagination,” “Creative and Adventurous,” “Relaxed and Easy Going,” “Aggressive/Take Charge Nature,” “Confidence,” “Discretion/Secrecy,” “A Good Listener,” “Good Personal Hygiene,” “Average Sex Drive,” “High Sex Drive,” “Dislikes Routine,” “Has a Secret Love Nest,” “Disease Free,” “Drug Free,” and “Natural Breasts.”

Again according to the Gawker report:

Duggar spent a total of $986.76 on two different Ashley Madison accounts from February of 2013 until May of 2015. The second account had a credit card attached to his home in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and on that account he paid an extra $250 in addition to monthly fees in order to receive a “money back guarantee” if he didn’t have an affair within three months.

Last month TLC cancelled “19 Kids and Counting,” after it was revealed that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, sexually assaulted four of his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

Compounding and contributing to the crime, a “conspiracy to “forgive and forget” forged by the Duggar parents and church leaders allowed Josh Duggar to escape criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting his underage victims.

Also last month, reports surfaced that Josh Duggar is facing a lawsuit from one of his underage victims who is not a member of the Duggar family.

Bottom line: There is nothing wrong with a healthy sexual appetite, and there is nothing wrong with adults using modern technology like the internet to find new friends and partners. What makes this most recent story significant is the hypocrisy, and the schadenfreude.

Josh Duggar (Image via YouTube)
Josh Duggar (Image via YouTube)
August 17, 2015

According to industry insiders Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are pitching a new reality show where they would counsel young victims of sexual abuse.

Apparently the Duggars are pitching the idea of a new reality show related to the upcoming special Breaking the Silence, a documentary on child sexual abuse scheduled to air August 30 on TLC.

US magazine reports TLC has been working closely with the Duggar family on the one-hour documentary that will include daughters Jill and Jessa as well as other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse.

According to reports, the Duggars are hoping to launch a spin-off show relating to the upcoming documentary.

Last month TLC cancelled “19 Kids and Counting,” the obnoxious reality television show that celebrated the Duggar’s twisted conservative Christian values while protecting a child molester.

TLC cancelled the successful program after it was revealed that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, sexually assaulted four of his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

Compounding and contributing to the crime, a “conspiracy to “forgive and forget” forged by the Duggar parents and church leaders allowed Josh Duggar to escape criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting his underage victims.

The disgraced Josh Duggar now admits to what police reports confirm: the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar forcibly fondled and sexually assaulted at least five underage girls, including four of his sisters, on multiple occasions, over the span of several years, while he was a teenager.

Earlier this summer, while speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar denied their son Josh was a pedophile and blamed the media for targeting the family in an anti-Christian conspiracy.

Breaking the Silence airs Aug. 30th at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

(Update: Friendly Atheist comments on this story here. In other news: Josh Duggar Had Paid Ashley Madison Account)

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (Image via YouTube)
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (Image via YouTube)
July 16, 2015

Good news: TLC has cancelled “19 Kids and Counting,” the obnoxious reality television show that celebrated conservative Christian values while protecting a child molester.

TLC cancelled the program after a large public outcry in the wake of damning revelations that Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, sexually assaulted four of his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

Compounding and contributing to the crime, a “conspiracy to “forgive and forget” forged by the Duggar parents and church leaders allowed Josh Duggar to escape criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting his underage victims.

The disgraced Josh Duggar now admits to what police reports confirm: the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar forcibly fondled and sexually assaulted at least five underage girls, including four of his sisters, on multiple occasions, over the span of several years, while he was a teenager.

Josh Duggar was never prosecuted for his crimes, and Jim Bob Duggar waited over one year to alert police to the fact that his son was sexually abusing his daughters, despite the fact that both Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were aware that multiple incidents of sexual abuse in their home had occurred.

In 2006 multiple underage victims testified to police that Josh Duggar had sexually molested them. However, Josh was never prosecuted for his crimes, and the statute of limitations has since passed.

According to reports, Josh Duggar apologized to the girls he had sexually assaulted, and family members told police that the girls had “forgiven” him.

The Duggars are part of a radical Christian lifestyle known as the Quiverfull movement, a movement where children are considered canon fodder in the Lord’s army: culture warriors bred to promote an ugly, intolerant, sexist, and homophobic brand of Christian extremism.

Last month, speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar denied their son Josh was a pedophile and blamed the media for targeting the family in an anti-Christian conspiracy.

Compounding the family’s troubles, reports issued earlier this month indicate serial child molester Josh Duggar is facing a lawsuit from one of his underage victims who is not a member of the Duggar family.

(Portions of this article were previously published here)

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July 1, 2015

Serial child molester Josh Duggar is facing a lawsuit from one of his underage victims who is not a member of the Duggar family.

Previous reports indicate Duggar forcibly fondled and sexually assaulted at least five underage girls, including four of his sisters and a family friend on multiple occasions, over the span of several years, while he was a teenager.

According to a new report, one of Josh Duggar’s molestation victims who is not in the immediate family is now planning to file a lawsuit against the 19 kids and Counting reality show star and former conservative Christian anti-LGBT activist.

In Touch magazine reports a non-Duggar family molestation victim is preparing to file a civil suit against Josh Duggar, noting:

The shocking development means that Josh and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle could be forced to give depositions and testify about Josh’s molestation scandal. The Duggars likely will have to answer every question as they will not be able to invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because the criminal statute of limitations has expired.

Salon reports the lawsuit could be very damaging not just for Josh, but the entire family, because as a civil proceeding about a crime whose statute of limitations has expired, neither he nor his parents would be allowed to plead the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination.

Justice for Duggar’s victims has been slow in coming. A Christian conspiracy to “forgive and forget” allowed Josh Duggar, the oldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, to escape criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting four of his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

A police report reveals that Josh Duggar, now 27, began assaulting his sisters and a family friend in 2002, and that the behavior occurred multiple times, including at least one incident in March 2003.

In particular, one ugly detail emerged from the police report: Josh Duggar was 15 when he sexually molested his 5-year-old sister on at least seven separate occasions.

Perhaps even more disgusting than the actual sexual assaults, is the fact that Josh confessed to his father, Jim Bob Duggar, on at least three separate occasions. Josh Duggar confessed to his father that he was molesting children, and his mother and father did nothing but hide the crime from the authorities until the statute of limitations had expired.

Speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News last month, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar denied their son Josh was a pedophile and blamed the media for targeting the family in an anti-Christian conspiracy.  

Josh Duggar (Image via YouTube)
Josh Duggar (Image via YouTube)
June 4, 2015

Speaking with Megyn Kelly on Fox News, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar denied their son Josh was a pedophile and blamed the media for targeting the family in an anti-Christian conspiracy.

Claiming their son only fondled their daughters and an undereage babysitter over and under their clothes, the parents argued it “was nothing like rape” but only “inappropriate touching.”

Jim Bob Duggar argued that their son Josh was technically not a pedophile because he was 15 and not 16 when the sexual assaults supposedly came to an end.

Jim Bob said:

… actually a pedophile is an adult that preys on children. Joshua was actually 14 and just turned 15 when he did what he did.

I think the legal definition is 16 and up for an adult preying on a child. He was a child preying on a child.

Minimizing the victimization of her daughters by their son, and implying there was an anti-Christian media conspiracy working against the family, Michelle Duggar said:

I feel like this is more about — there is an agenda and there are people that are purposing to try to bring things out and twisting them to hurt and slander.

At one point, Jim Bob, echoing the theme that the family is a victim of an Anti-Christian media conspiracy, said:

And when you’re in every newspaper and everything throughout the world, I mean, it’s been an unprecedented attack on our family…

The whole interview was a rather horrid display as two profoundly ignorant parents tried to justify and rationalize the criminal actions of their son, the sexual victimization of their daughters, and their own culpability in covering up the crimes of abuse.

To her credit, Megyn Kelly, despite being an employee of Fox News, was, for the most part, fair and balanced in the interview. She did a good job of presenting the facts and allowing the Duggars to speak for themselves.

The Duggars, however, did not do so well. They came across as being disingenuous and self-serving. As one perceptive blogger notes, the interview was an attempt to “minimize, deny and obfuscate.”

Watch the full interview below:

https://youtu.be/sNEPOmH8dH8
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(Image via Screen Grab)
June 3, 2015

19 Victims and Counting: New details emerge concerning Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse of children, and the cover-up of his crime by parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

According to a Washington County Sheriff’s report recently obtained by In Touch magazine, Josh Duggar confessed that he was sexually molesting children, including his sisters and a family friend, to his father, Jim Bob Duggar, on at least three separate occasions.

Three. Separate. Occasions.

Yet despite the the multiple confessions, and the fact that Josh’s sexually abusive and criminal behavior was continuing to grow, the Duggars waited at least 16 months before contacting authorities about their son repeatedly sexually molesting their daughters and a family friend.

The new police report reveals that Josh Duggar, now 27, began assaulting his sisters and a family friend in 2002, and that the behavior occurred multiple times, including at least one incident in March 2003.

In particular, one ugly detail emerged from the Washington County Sheriff’s report: Josh Duggar was 15 when he sexually molested his 5-year-old sister on at least seven separate occasions.

The following is an excerpt from the Washington County police report via In Touch magazine:

“James said that in March of 2002 [redacted, Josh] who had just turned 14, came to him very upset and crying,” the new report reads. “James said that [redacted, Josh] had told him that he had been sneaking into [redacted, his sisters’] room at night and had been touching [redacted, his sisters] on the breasts and vaginal areas while they were sleeping.”

The report details that Josh went from sister to sister, stating, “Apparently all of the girls were sleeping in a common room at this time.”

Legal experts note that Jim Bob and Michelle could have faced six years in prison for failing to report the crime and for failing to protecting their daughters from the sexual abuse. However, the statute of limitations has expired, and it appears that neither Josh nor his parents will face criminal prosecution for their respective roles in the criminal activity.

TLC reports they have “pulled all episodes of ‘19 Kids and Counting’ currently from the air,” though the network has yet to cancel the series outright.

The Duggars are expected to address the molestation and sexual abuse that went on in their home on Fox News’ “The Kelly File”  which airs later tonight (Wednesday) at 9 p.m. ET.

Previously Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar claimed the sexual assault of their daughters by their son “brought them closer to God.”

(Readers can find more on the Duggar tragedy here)

19 Victims

 

May 26, 2015

As a candidate for the U.S. Senate Jim Bob Duggar argued those guilty of incest deserved the death penalty.

Before he was the star of 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob Duggar was a prominent political figure in Arkansas, serving as a member of the state’s House of Representatives before running for the U.S. Senate in 2002.

Duggar lost his 2002 bid to be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, however, he did take positions as a candidate. While trying to justify his anti-choice, anti-abortion stance, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Bob Duggar stated forcefully and clearly that those guilty of rape and incest should be put to death.

The following appeared on Duggar’s campaign website:

Q. What is your abortion position, and specifically, where do you stand on rape, incest, and threat to the mother’s health?

A. If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby. Adoption is an option. Many couples would love to adopt and are waiting for a baby. Abortion has been and always will be the destruction of an innocent child. Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes. The developing infant committed no crime and should be allowed to live. In the unlikely event that the life of both mother and baby would both be lost (for example, a tubal pregnancy) all should be done to save the life of the mother.

Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes.

However, Jim Bob failed to hold his son Josh accountable for sexually assaulting four of his underage sisters (Jim Bob’s daughters) plus an additional underage female victim. In fact, Jim Bob covered up his son’s crime for over a year, and consequently Josh was never prosecuted for his incestuous crimes, faced no legal consequences, and apparently received no treatment for his clearly deranged behavior.

A conspiracy to “forgive and forget” allowed Josh Duggar, the oldest son of “19 Kids and Counting” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, to escape criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting his underage sisters plus an additional underage female victim.

Alas, Jim Bob Duggar’s hypocrisy is not surprising, and is but a footnote to this disturbing and ugly tragedy.

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