Josh Duggar’s Wife Speaks Out! Ann Duggar Confirms She Was Fully Aware of Josh’s Molestation Past

Posted on May 22 2015 - 1:50pm by Norrth Cafe

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Josh Duggar of TLC’s reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” has admitted to inappropriate touching of several of his sisters as a teen. He has characterized this behavior as “teen curiosity.” According to Duggar, his parents were aware of his actions and sent everyone involved to counseling to help resolve their issues. 

Was Ann Duggar, Josh’s wife and mother of his children aware of his past? Were her parents made aware of his actions prior to being allowed to court and marry her? The short answer is YES! Read Ann Duggar’s official statement below:

Duggar Molestation Scandal Ann Family Statement

How are Michelle and Jim Bob handling this revelation?  What follows is the official Duggar response, from the family’s Facebook page:

Duggar Scandal Facebook Tweet

Josh has resigned his position as the Executive Director of the Family Research Council Action organization in Washington, DC. The Family Research Council is a conservative Christian lobbying organization, Josh took the job in June 2013. Duggar is notably as famous for his opposition to same-sex marriage and against Abortion rights as he is as a cast member of his parents’ reality show.

 

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  • Norrth

    This is truly sad. I hope it is true that everyone has healed. I’m not sure how to feel about Anna Duggar.

  • T’s Martini Lounge

    And HBO should pull “girls” because Lena Dunham did the exact same thing.

    • Fritz the. At

      Defending bad behavior with more bad behavior?

  • WestCoastFeed

    I am confused. How did this story get released to the public? He was a minor and his victims were also minors. Why wasn’t this sealed from the public?

    • Good question. I also want to know, will Josh be charged as an adult since the incident occurred when he was a minor? I’m so confused by this case.

      • Jennymckitty

        We need to ask Stacey. I think the statue of limitations has expired for criminal charges but could be wrong.

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          As far as I know? The statute of limitations has expired. It’s beyond ridiculous that there is even a statute of limitations on child abuse to begin with!

          • Jennymckitty

            There is a Statute of Limitations on rape even when there is DNA. The victims have a few years after they reach age 18 where they can still file civil charges. There still may be a few young enough to do this.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            It sickens me beyond belief Jenny that there is a statute on rape too. It can take years before a person is strong enough to come forward & handle all that entails. I find it reprehensible that we treat women & children this way when it comes to matters of law like this!

          • Fritz the. At

            Tiger, I believe there are more victims out there including his own kids. Pedophiles just don’t stop

          • Peace

            Since he’s never been convicted, he doesn’t even have to register as a sexual abuser in the county where he resides. And he wasn’t arrested the whole time he’s had his face on a tv reality show. I also believe there are more victims too. (As Fitz said) Past victims and future new victims. It’s really hard for kids to have to find an adult to help. And be brave enough to talk about it. And these girls have been told it was their fault. And had to apologize to Him. Every kid in the family should be getting some therapy to help and heal them. The other brothers may have known what was going on the whole time. Smh……

      • Peace

        I don’t think he will be charged. He’s not even been arrested. And may always be a danger to kids. Way scary

      • Norrth

        Sadly, he is safe, since the statute of limitations has run out… though I don’t know why there is one on childhood sexual assault.

    • Norrth

      In touch filed a Freedom of Information Act document to access the report. The rumors about Josh have been out since Oprah cancelled the appearance in ’06. I don’t know why no one else printed the story before now.

      • WestCoastFeed

        I thought minors were supposed to be protected from this kind of revelation about their pasts. The poor victims were also named as I understand it.

        • Norrth

          The report is redacted and the names of the minors are blotted out. Only the names of the adults are used in the released report.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Thanks, North. That’s a relief.

  • Norrth

    One of the things critics have pointed out is that everyone focuses on Josh’s age at the time this happened (14 – 15). His sisters were between 12 and 4 when it happened. It seems, from the docs, that the 4 year old was spared.

    • She Codes

      The 4 year old might not have known what happened or had the language to express it. Josh wrote that he “shouldn’t have been made to change diapers” and that the little ones ‘were immodest after taking baths and only put a towel on”.

      • Peace

        He thinks it was never his fault. That thinking never solves any problems.

    • Fritz the. At

      The 12 year old was spared. Too old for this pedophile. He was caught in July 2002 and continued his acts without anyone stopping him. The family needs to be in jail.

  • TartLemon

    But…but…but…. he said he was “sorry”. SMH. The Family knew all about it, so did the network, law enforcement and his church. The pattern of behavior continued over and over and over with no authority calling them out.

    This Family is disgusting and their carbon footprint sickens me. ‘Everybody but me’ mentality. MANY kids are committing suicide because of the platform of intolerance the Duggars so publicly espoused.

    • Norrth

      I’m sure their church, like many churches, counsel those behind bars. Why did they decide that THIS kid was too good for jail? For Josh to stand in judgment of others is typical, yet still mind blowing.

  • ButterflyArtGuild

    His wife looks like his mom.

  • Peace

    I don’t believe that there wasn’t any abuse before he turned 14…16…17… depending on which articles that you read. And there could be new victims. Hopes all of the kids can find good counseling. Hard telling what he was teaching his brothers. Shudders…And TLC still thinks there is a need for their show. They just won’t show Josh. Smh…..No way that I could continue watching this show

    • Norrth

      I agree with you and don’t believe it happened only at 14, either. That’s a pretty advanced entry into molestation. I wonder if there were other things the parents saw and ignored.

      The last I heard, the show was canceled. I can’t believe TLC thinks an edited show will work. The only thing the audience will see are survivors of abuse behind those smiles.

  • cait

    Said before, all the adults, who knew of his heinous pervert acts, would be classed as guilty after the fact ! (US Law)

    • Norrth

      I know it is hard to turn a child in, but there are plenty of parents who have done for the sake of the child who is guilty. The Duggars did this kid no favors.