Conservative superstar Josh Duggar molested a total of five children that we know about. Two identities we know for certain — sisters Jessa and Jill — who describe Josh as a very “sly” child molester. We know that one of his victims was only five-years-old when he abused her, and that the unrelated victim is described as a “babysitter.”
After seeing the public support for victims and the swift and relentless condemnation of everything the Duggars — and Josh specifically — stand for, the “babysitter” has decided that she is going to do something about the horrific abuse she suffered at Josh Duggar’s hands.
According to sources who wish to remain anonymous, according to a new report from InTouch, the publication that first broke the news about Duggar.
According to InTouch, if the victim follows through and files suit, things could become very uncomfortable for the Duggar family. As the criminal statute of limitations has expired — a legal loophole that has thus far protected Duggar — the family can be forced to give depositions and testify. Because they can no longer face criminal charges, the family will be unable to invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
“All the church elders who knew about this will have to be named,” a source tells In Touch.
Recently, InTouch reported that the Duggar family is under an active investigation from the Department of Human Services, though details are understandably scarce. On May 27, a representative from the Washington County DHS called 911 asking for police assistance when the Duggars would not allow them to see the minor who is the current subject of their concern.
“We have an investigation and I guess they’re not being cooperative. We have to see the child to make sure the child is all right,” the DHS worker said in the call. “So we just need police assistance.”
“Experts tell In Touch that an investigation can be triggered by a hotline complaint, even an anonymous one, if the trained operator determines the allegation is serious enough that it meets standards for child abuse maltreatment laws,” the publication notes.
The Duggars were previously investigated in 2006 in relation to Josh’s crimes, but were relieved to discover that the statute of limitations protected them and their son from prosecution — Josh for the kid touching, and Jim bob and Michelle for their efforts to cover everything up. Josh Duggar reportedly sued the department after they investigated him for abusing children.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar covered up their son’s crimes for more than a year — eventually telling a police officer friend who is currently serving out a 56-year prison sentence for possession and distribution of child pornography — though former State Trooper Joseph Hutchens says that the Duggars told him the abuse only occurred once, through the clothes.
“I did what I thought was right and obviously it wasn’t,” Hutchens says. “If I had to do it over again, I would have told him immediately I am going to call the hotline and contacted the trooper that worked those cases and have a full report made. I thought I could handle it myself.”
Duggar was “punished” by a brief stint of Christian counseling at a center founded by Bill Gothard, who resigned his position after it was revealed he was grooming teens and young women for sex. There, Duggar learned that his victims were to blame for his disgusting actions, and that all he needed to do to earn “forgiveness” was just pray about it really hard.
Things could get quite hard for the Duggars — especially if they lie as much in the depositions as much as they have been everywhere else.
According to legal experts, the victim still has the right to sue under Arkansas Code Annotated Section 16-56-130, “which allows for a civil action when a sexual abuse victim start to experience the effects of the abuse years later.”
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.