We are sharing this link because we have read a few different articles stating that Josh Duggar molested girls as a teenager - the details of each story were different (age, when and how the abuse was reported), but this link provides copies of the police reports. Josh has also come forward making a statement of his behavior to People Magazine.
Reading some comments online, many are 'shocked' that such a nice, religious family could have this happen.
Others, seem to be celebrating that the Duggar family is not as 'perfect' as they seemed.
But really, these are the types of families that it does happen in. And no family should be considered 'perfect' - it's a dangerous thing when we put people on pedestals. They can't balance themselves up there forever.
The question remains - did the Duggars ever educate their children about appropriate sexual behavior? The story reports that Josh was sent to a 'program' that involved hard work and counseling, but did Josh receive sexual offenders treatment - which is often effective for juvenile offenders?
No family or community is 'above' sexual abuse, incest, molestation, rape etc. Society at large seems to keep having to learn this lesson. When former Miss USA, Marylin Van Derbur came out about being raped nightly by her own socialite father - it helped to spur the movement to end child sexual abuse. The Catholic Church scandal rocked the world, yet many other religious organizations did not see the failings of the Catholic Church and establish necessary protocol to protect children. Cases involving the Jewish faith, Protestant faith, and Jehovah's Witnesses continue to break news - that children were abused, reports were ignored, and offenders were sheltered. Not to mention sexual abuse that is occurring in our schools and youth organizations. Or our childcare facilities that continue to act reactively to abuse, rather than proactively.
Perhaps the lesson here is not about the Duggar family. Perhaps it's about us. If we think abuse can't happen in our family, in our school, in our church - then it won't make a difference how many of these news stories make waves through the media.
Until each caring, responsible adult is educated in prevention - children will be at risk, in even the most loving, charitable home.
Perhaps, we need to stop pointing the finger and treating each case as an isolated, yet shocking incident, and ask ourselves, "what are we doing to protect the children we care about?"