Of course, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the Josh Duggar molestation scandal. I’m going to take Jason Easley from Politicususa’s side: Fox News Interview Backfires Instead Shows Why Duggars Should Never Be Allowed Back On TV by Jason Easley. And…I’ll give some credit to Stephanie Marcus’s contribution to The Huff Post, for trying to present in a non-biased way Jim Bob And Michelle Duggar Break Their Silence In First Interview Following Child Molestation Scandal by Stephanie Marcus. The best credit goes to InTouch Weekly, and Carly Sitzer. Keep the “Freedom of Information” act flowing; InTouch Weekly Report on Josh Duggar by Carly Sitzer
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Seriously, one thing is really simple, SILENCE, is what has perpetuated the cycles of abuse of any kind. I don’t care what age you are. Abuse is passed down through generations until someone decides to stop it. My readers, and now listeners know that I like to laugh through chaos, but one thing that isn’t funny is the devastating trail of pain that gets left behind an act of abuse, molestation, or assault.
Abuse is dysfunctional, and often turns into multiple kinds of abuse. Saying that God or Jesus came to forgive, only perpetuates the cycle. We have free will, and a choice to stop, or end this kind of behavior. The Duggar’s want to preach, well the bible says this;
Revelation 21:7-8 ESV / 6 helpful votes
The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
I find this sickening. Like many survivors, I AM estranged from the people who made excuses for abuse, allowing it to be acceptable, so they could remain in denial, avoiding the responsibility to deal with the issue. I heard them use God, religion, forgiveness, and more, as excuses for doing nothing to help me recover. I was supposed to “just get over it;” words that trigger revictimization for survivors. Often victims are rebuked for speaking up, which is not an expression of love or support. Dismissal and indifference toward abuse is a sick way of showing love.
The girls (Josh’s sisters) may have said they don’t remember, however, I know from personal experience that this type of thing resurfaces at some point in life. The Duggar’s minimization of Josh’s behavior, and the imposing of their beliefs, is exactly what has caused so many victims to not speak up. This also proves the point that there are often multiple types of abuse occurring, which complicates the issue, in this case sexual abuse compounded by religious abuse, compounded by imposed family belief. It goes on, and on. This is a big cluster *&#@ and makes me want to vomit.
If they have any real sincerity, when it comes to getting help, I’ll give them minimal credit, but only minimal since they have minimized the severity of what Josh had done. Child or not, he knew it was wrong and made the choice.
I try to be a kind, loving, gentle, and compassionate person, BUT this time I have to say this…may they all burn in their own living hell. Another thing, with all those kids in the house, you can’t tell me some of them didn’t have curiosity influenced by what they heard coming from the parent’s bedroom. Talk about “do as I say, not as I do.” Expectations need to be considered here.
Here’s you song for today: Break the Silence – Nick Jonas