Josh Duggar Cancels Appearance at Christian Homeschool Convention in …

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A timeline of the molestation allegations against Josh Duggar.

It’s perhaps no surprise then that the Duggar clan, star of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, concealed for more than a decade that they, like many American families, had confronted the horror of child sex abuse.TLC is mulling options on how to proceed with their hit reality series in the wake of the Duggar family’s ongoing scandal, including dropping eldest son Josh Duggar from the show, according to TMZ.

The news, some survivors say, is an opportunity to talk candidly about a surprisingly common traumatic experience and why it is essential to report this unthinkable crime, so that victims and their families can seek justice and treatment. Josh Duggar, 27, issued an apology on Thursday admitting “wrongdoing” but did not directly address allegations of abuse first reported by In Touch magazine TLC, the cable network, said: “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.” “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” he said in a statement posted on the Duggar family Facebook page. The network pulled all airings of the show off its schedule in response to the outcry over the 27-year-old’s admission that he molested five young girls, including possibly his sisters, when he was a teenager in 2002 and 2003.

One is to cancel the show outright, the other is to just go full steam ahead, but there is real talk about continuing without Josh. “Sources say there’s a strong sense axing Josh would not materially hurt the show. Jim Bob and Michelle described Josh’s actions as “very bad mistakes.” Josh said he acted “inexcusably,” and has since resigned from the Family Research Council, a Christian public policy organization.

The Democrat-Gazette noted that the details of the report it has reviewed match statements made by the Duggars concerning the unspecified “wrongdoing” for which Josh Duggar has apologized. In the scores of comments that follow the family’s statement, some express their support for the Duggars, praising Josh’s willingness to take responsibility for his actions. I hurt others, including my family and close friends.” He continued: “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.

We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counselling. “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life… I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. While evidence suggests that child sex abuse has declined in recent years, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, studies show that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before turning 18. “I remember saying to my family member that this wasn’t right,” he told Mashable. When LaHair later told his mother about the abuse, she contacted the authorities and his half-sibling was ordered to a juvenile hall facility to receive mental health treatment. “Mistake is a very easy word,” he said. “Of course it’s a mistake.

March 2002: This is when the Duggar parents say they were first made aware of allegations that a person in their home was improperly touching others, according to a 2006 statement to police. That dark and difficult time caused use to seek God like never before.” A member of America’s Duggar family found out he is having a baby girl live on U.S TV. We like to downplay these words a lot because if we call it what it truly is … [people] don’t want to look at that, they don’t want to read about that, because they don’t want to think it could happen to their children. May 2002: Jim Bob Duggar, the family patriarch, who served in the state legislature as a representative from 1999-2002, loses a primary bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S.

For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even very difficult past mistakes.” Their statements come after In Touch published a document obtained from the Springdale police department in Arkansas alleging Josh molested underage girls on multiple occasions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.’ ‘I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this.

The nature of that treatment is unclear, but the family’s statements say he attended “counseling.” The Duggars do not mention the victims in their statement, and their identities are redacted in the police report. March 17 to July 17, 2003: At the agreement of the elders at the Duggars’ church, the report says, the person was sent to a Christian treatment program. Shortly after the institute acquired the building, Gothard began renovating the space, saying it would be used for the Little Rock Training Center, which would house “court-referred youthful offenders in the organization’s Bible-based rehabilitation program,” according to an April 2000 article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

A spokesman for the Institute couldn’t confirm or deny to the Democrat-Gazette whether a youth treatment program was in place at the building in 2003. I was able to say, “Yes” knowing who Josh really is – someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. Disclosing the molestation, LaHair said, was perhaps the most difficult decision he’s ever had to make, but it also became an “open door to absolute freedom.” It’s common for survivors to keep abuse secret. She hadn’t intended to report him, but confessed her experience to a mental health professional in a moment of frustration. “When it’s a family member, and it’s a trusted figure in your life, there’s a sense of loyalty to that person,” she said. “You think about, ‘Will my family survive this? September 2005: The Duggars star in their first big national television special, “14 Children and Pregnant Again!” The special aired on Discovery Health.

Will this follow me around for the rest of my life?'” “There’s no way for any of us to say he’s not a family figure, that he doesn’t have redeeming qualities,” she said. “However, these acts were horrible, and it goes to show that these issues can happen anywhere, in any home. If it weren’t for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right. The Duggars did a series of specials from 2005 to 2007 that documented the births of the 15th, 16th, and 17th Duggar children, as well as the family’s move into a larger home. Thank you to all of you who tirelessly work with children in crisis, you are changing lives and I am forever grateful for all of you.’ -Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: The show was cancelled last year after photos emerged of star June Shannon, better known as Mama June, with her ex Mark McDaniel. -Sons of Guns: Gunsmith and former Marine Will Hayden was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl in 2014, forcing TLC to quickly cancel the reality show.

That girl was revealed to be his own daughter, and shortly after his other daughter came forward she too had been raped by Hayden when she was 12-years-old. The producers of Oprah’s show passed along the e-mail to law enforcement. 2007: As Gawker reporter Allie Jones (who, for disclosure, was a past colleague of this reporter at the Atlantic Wire) has written, 2007 is approximately when similar rumors of sexual misconduct begin to appear online, mainly on comment threads and forums that focus on the Duggars.

The same year, a reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Times, who now works for the Democrat-Gazette, finds a court document for a case titled Josh Duggar vs. the Arkansas Department of Human Services. -Cake Boss: Remigio Gonzalez, who was married to the sister of the show’s title character Buddy Valastro, received nine years in prison in 2012 after he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. Sealed cases aren’t supposed to be left in public view, but the Duggar case file had been left in a stack of routine court filings at the circuit clerk’s office. February to May 19, 2015: TLC airs the most recent season of “19 Kids and Counting.” One episode features the gender-reveal party for the child Josh and his wife, Anna, are expecting this year.

May 21: In Touch Weekly publishes a follow-up to its original article, this time with a police report online that, it says, details the allegations against Josh Duggar.

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