Interesting Links: June 3, 2015

Here are links to some interesting news articles that I came across today. They are also about the ever-expanding saga of sexual abuse and molestation scandal in the Duggar family.

Link 1: Josh Duggar confessed three times to sexually assaulting his sisters — and his parents still did nothing

Just when it seemed the details of Josh Duggar’s admitted sexual assault couldn’t get worse, the story has become more horrifying. On Wednesday, InTouch magazine — which first broke the story of abuse in the “19 Kids & Counting” family last month — released additional police reports indicating that Duggar told his father, Jim Bob, on three separate occasions that he had sexually abused his sisters as well as a family friend. Then Jim Bob and his wife, Michelle, waited more than a year to contact the authorities.

The new report, which is less redacted than initial documents, confirms that Duggar was 15 years old when he first molested his five-year-old sister. He also admitted seven separate instances of abuse to his father before he or any of his sisters was taken for professional counseling; InTouch notes that it remains unclear whether Jim Bob and Michelle brought their children for counseling of their own volition, or if intervention was mandated once law enforcement officials did become involved in the sexual assault allegations.

Link 2: Jill and Jessa Duggar to Confirm to Megyn Kelly That Josh Molested Them

19 Kids and Counting stars Jill and Jessa Duggar, ages 24 and 22, would have been 11 and 10 when their older brother Josh molested them in 2002. They confirmed they were among the victims when they joined their parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, Wednesday for an interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly. Us Weekly confirmed the girls were part of the interview, which airs at 9 p.m. central. It had previously been reported that four of the girls Josh Duggar touched were his sisters, and that his oldest sister, Jana, was not a victim. The fifth girl was reportedly a family friend.

Earlier in the day, Fox was advertising the Kelly File interview as just a sit-down with Jim Bob and Michelle. Kelly promised to ask for “a first-person account of what Josh did, who was involved, what the parents did about it, how they satisfied themselves that it had been resolved, what they did to help the victims, and to answer some of the harder questions about whether they behaved hypocritically,” but she also told People that “what Josh did” wouldn’t include any details of the molestation because “I’ve been told I’m not going to get answers there.”

Link 3: Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters and a babysitter, parents tell Fox News

The parents confirmed publicly for the first time that their firstborn son — who had previously apologized for unspecified “wrongdoing” as a teenager — had molested multiple young girls. The Duggars, who star in TLC’s popular reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” spoke about the multiple incidents of molestation that occurred in their Arkansas home. According to Jim Bob and Michelle, the victims included four of their daughters, along with a family babysitter.

Kelly also asked the Duggars about their troubled son’s first interview with law enforcement. Josh gave a full account of his actions to the officer, Jim Bob Duggar said Wednesday. The conversation between Jim Bob, his son, a witness and an Arkansas State Trooper did not directly result in any further law enforcement action against Josh Duggar. Instead, the teenager received a “stern” talking-to from the officer. That officer was Joseph Hutchens, now serving a decades-long prison sentence for child pornography. “We had no idea what that officer was going through,” Jim Bob said.

At one point, Kelly asked Michelle Duggar about a robocall she made that,Kelly said,”suggested transgender people might want to go into the bathrooms of girls, locker rooms of girls, and that they may be child molesters.” “I think that protecting young girls and not allowing young men and men in general to go into a girls’ locker room is just common sense,” Duggar said. “But this is different, because you injected child molestation into it,” Kelly said.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. June 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    What else is new? Anytime white men sexually abuse men, women and children (and go on killing sprees against their own families and random strangers), not only does the dirt get swept under the rug, but all types of lame, bullshit-assed excuses are created in their favor. In a way, they are furthering their own cause…

  2. Ulick McGee
    June 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    14 year old boy, entered his sisters’ bedroom at night when they were asleep and took at look at their vaginas. They had no idea. He confessed to his parents. A short time later,he had just turned 15, there had been another similar incident or incidents with younger girls but they had no idea. He confessed to his parents after the further incident or incidents, no one caught him. The same day the parents sent the kid out of the house to live with someone else and get counseling.

    No loving parent, would or should subject a child to the horrors of the criminal justice system for such behaviour. Normal parents would believe they could correct that behaviour by themselves as the child was remorseful and confessed because he knew he had done wrong.

    By way of comparison, recently Lena Dunham openly confessed in an autobiography to prying her sleeping younger sister’s vagina lips apart to take a look and the same people who attack the Duggars defended her. She is not remorseful and, at least publically, claims she did not do anything wrong.

    Josh Duggar’s mistake was to be born into a family that practise traditional values. The Duggar’s have spoken out against homosexuality and sexual perversion so their reputation must be destroyed. If he comes out tomorrow and says that he is really Britney Duggar and will be transitioning to a female, that he only looked at his sisters out of envy for their female genitalia and that living as a Christian fundamentalist screwed him up, why then he will be celebrated as all that is good and wholesome and his mistakes will be forgiven instantly.

    The guy is an asshole and should have been severly punished for his disgusting behaviour but we live in a sick world whereby perversion is o.k. as long as you have the right politics.

    • June 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      The guy is an asshole and should have been severly punished for his disgusting behaviour but we live in a sick world whereby perversion is o.k. as long as you have the right politics.

      I don’t consider most forms of human sexuality to be a perversion, whereas I strongly will say things like incest, homosexuality, bestiality, group sex, massive porn indulgence, Arabs literally shitting on women and people who “like” kids are a serious perversion. However, these things are “acceptable” if you are a closet homosexual Republican on the DL or if you are… let’s say… white in the USA. That said, I agree with that strongly. Yet, these same people attack the sexuality of others (i.e. blacks).

      I’m starting to notice this with women in the Anglosphere as well. Female infidelity is seen as “empowering”, whereas male infidelity is looked down upon. Women and society uses so-called “shaming language” by saying men who cheat are “pigs, dogs are more loyal, yada-yada-yada”. When females cheat, it’s because either men are boring, let themselves go, can’t last long or her useless LTR/husband wasn’t “tentative” to her needs.

      The only accused pedophiles I’ve seen take beatings in the media were Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and Mary Kay Letourneau, but I have yet to see thorough media reports on NAMBLA. So, I’m not surprised if Josh Duggan gets a free pass. At the same time, US media outlets obsess over the emasculation of Bruce Jenner, who is not a real bitch. It makes me sick.

  3. Yusef
    June 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

    “No loving parent, would or should subject a child to the horrors of the criminal justice system for such behaviour. Normal parents would believe they could correct that behaviour by themselves as the child was remorseful and confessed because he knew he had done wrong.”

    I wholeheartedly agree. And the conclusion I draw: the Duggars are no loving parents. Nor loving family. Isn’t that sort of the point of the post, though? The reality of these people is horrific and covered or glossed over by “realtiy TV.”

    Also, I think it strikes against the Duggars that so far they haven’t made exactly the point you’ve made above. They could, you know. It appears to me what they have done is use their undue influence and power to further coverup. For example, the destruction of the police records.

    (The destruction of the police records makes me think it is doubtful your account of what happened does not trivialize or minimize what actually happened. How could you possibly know for certain that’s all that happened? All we know for certain is something happened.)

    I think you’re right — but only partially right– about perversion being o.k. as long as you have the right politics. The right politics is to be honest about the reality. Many of the perverts are being honest about their perversion. There’s a certain courage I admire. The dishonesty of the Duggars does, in my eyes, make them worse than the honest and honestly perverted. That’s a sneaky stupid cowardice I despise worse than most aberrant sexual behavior.

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