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Josh Duggar Resigns From His Job Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal

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I’ve long said that I couldn’t wait for some kind of ridiculous scandal to undo the Duggars. What I’d always envisioned was the kids writing tell-all books about their parents and the brain-washing they were subjected to. Never in my wildest hopes did I want anything bad to happen to any of them and honestly, the news that broke yesterday gutted me on behalf of those affected. Sadly, it has come to light that Josh Duggar allegedly molested five underage girls when he was a teenager. The wording of the police report suggests they were family and odds are high it was his very own sisters. I am nauseated for the victims and I don’t want to add to their pain. I won’t be mocking anyone and please know I’m taking this very seriously. That said, here are my thoughts on this shocking news.

First of all, the facts. After the police report came out stating what occurred, Josh resigned from his post with hate group Family Research Council. I would guess at this point, his political career is no longer happening and to that, I say good riddance. He has given a statement to People:

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh, 27, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “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 counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

According to the police report, these “inexcusable actions” include the alleged sexual molestation (fondling of the breasts and genitals) of five female minors in Jim Bob Duggar’s home. InTouch got a copy of the report via the Freedom of Information Act. As it turns out, Jim Bob did not alert authorities right away but instead, informed church elders of Josh’s actions and it was decided he would do physical labor and counseling, whatever that means. Michelle later told police it was not really counseling and that Josh was simply sent to the home of a family friend who worked remodeling homes. It sounds like they did not take this seriously at all, which is not terribly shocking, but still, disgusting.

To top it all off, the Arkansas state trooper Jim Bob finally took Josh to see in wake of these incidents (months after) is now doing time in prison for child pornography possession. He let Josh off with a “stern” talking to. Jesus Christ. These girls were failed by everyone.

So, there we have it. The scandal. To me, the show needs to end here. Jim Bob and Michelle have proven themselves to be awful humans and they no longer deserve a platform of any kind for their lies and hate. I do find it tragically funny that Michelle did that robo call about transgender folks using the proper bathrooms out of concern for the safety of women and girls. Under her own roof, her son was allegedly sexually abusing members of his own family. Amazing.

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