Josh Duggar, Sex Scandal, ATI, Ashley Madison
The eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s popular TV show, 19 Kids and Counting is in the news again. Josh and his wife Anna Duggar made an announcement on their family’s website. This announcement comes two years after accusations of:
- alleged sexual abuse against his sisters and another young minor as a teen
- having an Ashley Madison online account
- paying for sex
- entering a pseudo Christian “treatment” facility
- separating from his wife, Anna
Duggar Family AnnouncementMarch 17, 2017
For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family. Doing so is never easy after a breach of trust. We’ve learned that a life of faith and rebuilding a life together is simply done one day at a time. As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy! – Josh & Anna
The reason why this story is important to observe is because of the history of abuse and connections to ideologies that are abusive, such as: Courtship, Patriarchy, ATI – the homeschool curricula program of Bill Gothard (another man who has been accused of sexual scandals), stay-at-home daughters, purity and modesty movements, etc.
In following cases like Josh Duggar, we are able to see disturbing behavioral patterns – similar patterns that others have experienced while raised in this kind of controlled and legalistic environment.