Rick Santorum ‘Sickened’ by Josh Duggar Molestation Allegations

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Bette Midler Weighs in on Josh Duggar Molestation Allegations: ”Is There Anything More Delicious Than Irony?”.

The famously conservative Duggars seemed to be models of wholesome family life, but son Josh was hiding a dark past: He allegedly molested five young girls as a teen.As the Internet explodes with the news of Josh Duggar’s admitted molestation of allegedly five young victims, we have learned a lot about the ways in which the Duggars responded to the situation.The 69-year-old singer legend took to her Twitter page on Monday to sound off on all the molestation allegations that the 19 Kids and Counting star is facing. “Josh Duggar resigned from an anti-gay ‘family’ group due to molestation allegations,” Midler shared yesterday. “Kids, is there anything more delicious than irony?” Yikes!

Though Jim Bob Duggar first became aware of son Josh’s inappropriate behavior in 2002, the father of 19 waited months before notifying law enforcement about the alleged molestation incidents. “In a case such as Josh’s, authorities should have been alerted right away,” Gail Wyatt, Ph.D. and director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Sexual Health program, tells PEOPLE. After Josh released an apology statement last week, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee voiced his support for the Duggar family. “Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. According to police reports authenticated by PEOPLE, Jim Bob was informed that Josh, now 27, fondled the breasts and genitalia of five underage girls, but it was only after a second incident nine months later that he arranged for the teen to go to a three-month manual labor and intensive prayer program conducted by a Christian ministry. “The best thing to do is to tell the truth about it get help,” Wyatt says. “Teenagers who have been isolated from their peers may be more likely to act out sexually, the abuser is trying to make themselves feel better.

Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities,” the 59-year-old Republican wrote on his Facebook page Friday. “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. However, at the time a three-year statute of limitations had already passed, so it was eventually dropped. “Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives,” Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 48, said. “When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked.

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 [sic] is not mature. What’s most concerning is that it is possible that this is not an isolated incident within this religious sect, and that many more children may be at risk.

No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.” Meanwhile, Montel Williams went on a Twitter rant attacking the Duggars and the Family Research Council, the conservative group where Josh worked. “Sorry, Josh Duggar is a bigot, slimebag. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. “Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. The greatest concern here for all of us should be appropriate treatment for the perpetrator and the victims, who seem to have been forgotten by both their parents and their brother. But society should have an interest in stopping this type of abuse regardless of who is doing it (looking at you, powerful white men), and stopping this type of abuse requires treatment. We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.”

If a parent learns that a child has been sexually abusing a sibling they are required to report this abuse to the appropriate child protection service agency in their area. Other distortions include justification: she wasn’t dressed modestly!; the victim stance: what’s not fair is the way that I’m being treated!; and minimization: what I did wasn’t really that bad.

Many studies have shown that survivors of molestation report suffering from feelings of shame and guilt, struggling with substance abuse, experiencing difficulty with low self-esteem, and dealing with depression. At that time the police would have been notified, and it is likely that Josh would have been removed from the home until it was determined that all of the children were safe.

Are they capable of keeping the victimized children safe, and do the children trust in the parents’ abilities to protect them from this kind of harm? Compassion and understanding are unfortunately qualities that have been gravely lacking in our juvenile justice system and indeed in many of these supporters’ own previous statements about how to deal with wayward youth. Criminalizing youth because of their race or sexual orientation is a priority for these leaders; yet the moment one of their own is caught up in this situation they change their narrative.

Indeed, rehabilitation of “criminals” is not seen as a worthwhile goal for many members of the religious right, although they themselves seek forgiveness for their transgressions. If possible, reunification with the family can be a goal as well, if, and only if, the parents are able to protect the non-offending children in the home.

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