With everyone weighing in on the whole Dugger molestation scandal, I thought why the hell not?
First I should probably mention, I use to actually watch the show from time to time. I was just amazed at how the hell that women could possibly have that many children and not go mad.
It kinda felt like I was watching a car wreck. It almost felt wrong for watching but I couldn’t look away.
I mean who am I to judge, if year after year this women kept popping children outta her vagina like some kids (and I) pop candy into our mouth.
I think I stopped checking in so to speak after baby number 17, so it had been awhile since I caught up with the Dugger clan.
Although recently god bless them, their stupid biggot rants started slipping through my media filters on Facebook. Michelle Dugger had political views? Who’da thunk it folks?
Whenever I actually watched the show she was practically always in the kitchen and pregnant. The only thing left out of the scenario was the barefoot part (which she might of been, I don’t remember seeing her feet much). I got the feeling at the time, she was to only be heard when it came to child rearing and nothing more.
Even more recently it has come forth the Duggers have been keeping their horrific child sexual abuse past a secret. I was shocked to hear the oldest son Josh Dugger has openly admitted to molesting five young girls at the age of fifteen. Four of whom are his sisters. The youngest only five at the time.
Believe me I felt bad for the girls as they cried about being re-victimized even more by this scandal coming to light, and how hurt they are that anyone would bring this up after all this time.
The fact is they have no one else to blame but their parents.
Their parents who put them in the spotlight on to a platform for which the entire world was watching. It would be pure ignorance to think that this wouldn’t come out, and frankly I’m surprised it didn’t come out back 2006 when the Oprah Winfrey show first reported them to the police about it.
Watching a clip from an interview with the Dugger parents, we saw just how screwed up their thinking is when they tried to claim they did the best they could.
Jim Bob Dugger, the father was asked why they went ahead and did a reality t.v. show after it was known that the cameras might uncover Josh’s past. To which he replied that they had already taken care of that prior to the first time they appeared on t.v.
From everything I understand from these allegations, the parents had Josh talk to a state trooper who is now convicted on child porn charges, and serving a 56 year sentence. They proceeded to send him away to another pedophile family friend, who Josh would do manual labor for as punishment (seriously wtf?).
No therapy for the victims or the perpetrator. They basically swept it under the rug, yet they claim they took care of that already. The girls had to continue living with, and was made to forgive the perpetrator.
I’m not mother of the year, but I also don’t claim to be. I do know that if it was my children being abused by anyone, the police and therapy would be involved IMMEDIATELY!
The worst part is the girls it seems have been brain washed into thinking their brother is not a child predator because he was only fifteen at the time. It is of my opinion that a five year old is a baby compared to a fifteen year old. His daughter is five now.
Let’s just let that sink in for a minute.
I read in one article it was such a problem they resorted to having all the girls sleep in the living room, and allegedly it was still happening.
Jim Bob’s answer in one interview, for why they didn’t turn their son into the police and get him the help he needs: It’s not required by law to do so in the state of Arkansas.
Ughh I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. It’s also not required by law to teach our children to swim. We do so to protect them.
I’m not even going to go into the cult like religious aspect of this, although I feel that has played a major role as to why this family is so screwed up.
In summary no family is perfect, but the welfare of our children should be first and foremost the number one concern to us as parents.
The Duggers failed miserably at protecting all of their children. What makes it worse is the parents claim they did the best they could.
They didn’t even come close.
As for me, I’m right there with the crowd who started the petition and succeeded in canceling the show. Why would anyone want to take parenting advice from these people? I just hope the victims get the therapy they need and are able to move on from this situation the best they can.
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I have to admit I watched this show out of morbid curiousity. They always seemed too perfect and I thought they were hiding some skeletons in their closets. It’s heartbreaking to know that they covered this atrocity up! Thank you for writing this thought provoking view point I agree so much with you.
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