Everything you need to know about the Duggars

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Can ’19 Kids’ survive Josh Duggar scandal?.

The Duggar family is making headlines this week because of a recently unearthed Arkansas police report which states that Josh was interviewed back in 2006 in response to an accusation that he had sexually abused underage girls in 2002 and 2003.Josh Duggar, the eldest son in the family chronicled in TLC’s series 19 Kids and Counting, has spoken out after it emerged he had been accused of child molestation in the past. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee supported Josh Duggar on Friday in the wake of reports that the reality TV star had molested five children when he was a teenager.

Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” “The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand — that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature,” continued Huckabee. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Duggar, who was accused as a teenager of molesting five underage girls, told PEOPLE in a statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.” Duggar, 27, who has since resigned from his role at the Family Research Council, said his parents took him to the authorities and later arranged for him and his victims to receive counseling. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story.” “They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection,” he said.

They’re a really, really big family (and counting): The Duggars are a family from Arkansas consisting of parents Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle Duggar, 48, and their 19 kids. The channel is staying mum, at least for now, about the molestation allegations. (The alleged assaults occurred 12 years ago, well before television cameras started following the family.) But many observers are asking what TLC knew and when. Could the show’s producers — particularly at the production company Figure 8 Films — have been completely unaware of the family secret? “This is the recurring problem with reality TV: The very source of its appeal — this isn’t fiction, it’s real life, true and unscripted! — is what makes it more vulnerable when confronted with scandal,” Yahoo TV critic Ken Tucker wrote Friday. All of the kids have names that start with J: Josh (27), Jana (25), John-David (25), Jill (24), Jessa (22), Jinger (21), Joseph (20), Josiah (18), Joy-Anna (17), Jedidiah (16), Jeremiah (16), Jason (15), James (13), Justin (12), Jackson (10), Johannah (9), Jennifer (7), Jordyn-Grace (6) and Josie (5). Jim Bob, the Duggar patriarch, waited over a year after Josh confessed to molesting the young girls before contacting the police, according to a 2006 police report obtained by InTouch Weekly.

If that wasn’t not enough reality show fodder, Josh has three kids with wife, Anna Renee Keller Duggar: Mackynzie (5), Michael (3), Marcus (1) — and a baby due in July. The police were unable to conclude their investigation before the three-year statute of limitations was up, so they did not pursue the charges further. In the 33-page document, the names of Duggar’s victims were redacted, but it became clear that at least some of them also had parents named Jim Bob and Michelle and lived in the same home, meaning that some of Josh’s sisters must have been among the five victims. Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, third from right, while she holds her newborn daughter, Jennifer Danielle, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Rogers, Ark. (Photo: Beth Hall, AP) They’re TLC reality celebrities: This is no casual reality show family.

The damning document also included information about how Jim Bob had waited a year before taking his son to the police and that the Duggars had opted for private religious mediation and prayer instead of professional counseling. The Duggars’ reality show (then 17 Kids and Counting) began in September 2008 and is in its 10th season, with a cumulative 227 episodes, not including specials. However, the family became famous before the show aired when they were featured on several TLC and Discovery Health episodes about pregnancy and childbirth. In a typical example of its hardline views, the FRC has a page on its website arguing that gay people should not be allowed to work with children, claiming that “disproportionate numbers of gay men seek adolescent males or boys as sexual partners”. Ratings-wise, the show is a huge hit for TLC — the two-hour special featuring Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s wedding raked in 4.4 million viewers and posted a 3.5 household rating, making it the most-watched telecast for the channel in four years, according to The Wrap.

Aside from the daily antics of wrangling a humongous, decade-spanning horde of children, a crucial part of the show centers around the family’s faith. According to their website, the Duggars have been educated from materials that include the Institute of Basic Life Principles and Accelerated Christian Education.

I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.” Commentators have noted the emphasis on his life, and a lack of admission that the lives ruined would have been those of the young women he assaulted. According to an essay by Michelle Duggar published at TLC, the family does not swim in public, wear shorts, tank tops, or for women, skirts that fall above the knee. She wrote, “In general we don’t do a lot of swimming events where swimming suits are worn because it’s just too hard for the guys to try to keep their eyes averted in those situations.” In 2004, Michelle Duggar was named Arkansas Young Mother of the Year. That’s why tabloids are quick with headlines like, “Pregnant Jill Duggar Got Married 90 Days Ago, But Is 93 Days Along: Here’s Why That Doesn’t Mean She Had Premaritial Sex.” (Thanks, E!) They’re a seemingly wholesome celebrity family ripe for both admiration and scrutiny.

The family is known for their support of Bill Gothard, a hyper-conservative Christian who has advocated for homeschooling, modest dressing and living debt-free. Many of his followers, including the Duggars, belong to the Quiverfull movement, which is based on a Bible verse about God filling “quivers” with “arrows”, interpreted to mean “wombs” and “foetuses”. Each Duggar child who got married – in addition to Josh, Jill and Jessa Duggar both had televised weddings in which they spoke of their “purity”, or virginity – said they would trust God with the size of their family. But the story has spread well beyond the religious community and reality TV fans into the mainstream — even the Duggars’ beloved Fox News has covered the allegations.

TLC, which was running a marathon of 19 Kids & Counting all day on Thursday despite – or because of – the breaking news, will soon have to make a decision about what to do with the series. Last year, when it came to light that “Mama Hune” Shannon, the star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, was dating a convicted paedophile who had previously served a jail term for sexually assaulting Shannon’s eight-year-old relative, the network cancelled the show. The network has recently thrown significant marketing weight behind a show featuring the Bates family, another large Christian family who has been friendly with the Duggars and appeared on 19 Kids.

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