In May, Josh Duggar of TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting admitted that he sexually molested five, minor girls. Now, one of them is taking Duggar to court.
Four of those victims were Duggar’s sisters. Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, two of the sisters Duggar molested, described their eldest brother as “very sly” when he committed his crimes. The youngest victim was five years old. However, the fifth victim was a babysitter for the Duggar family who has always remained unidentified. Now, the former babysitter is suing and taking a stand against the traumatizing event that happened to her at Duggar’s hands.
InTouch speculates that if the anonymous victim follows through with the lawsuit, the Duggar family could be in boiling water. Even though the statute of limitations expired some years ago, if the victim files the suit, the family can be forced to testify and to give depositions to authorities. Duggar cannot face criminal charges at this point, so he can’t use the Fifth Amendment to his advantage. He just has to talk.
All of the church elders who knew about Duggar’s behavior would have to come forward, which is bound to cause a great deal of discomfort between the church and the Duggar family. The family is currently under investigation by the Department of Human Services, but reportedly, the family wouldn’t let authorities into their house on May 27. The DHS is concerned that a child is currently unsafe in that home. No source has revealed which child the authorities are worried about.
Nothing in this situation is completely clean. Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, covered up the situation for over a year. Then, when they finally went to the police, they told State Trooper Joseph Hutchens that Josh only touched the young girls once and over their clothes. That turned out not to be the case, however. Hutchens is currently serving prison time for possession of child pornography.
Before the media uproar, the most intense punishment Duggar received was by his church. He had to attend Christian counseling, and the man in charge, Bill Gothard, stepped down from his position after it came out that he was “grooming” young women for sex. When Duggar was in counseling, he was brainwashed to think his victims were responsible for what he did. He was also taught that to be forgiven, all he had to do was pray more.
Legally, this unidentified victim still has the right to sue Duggar. Civil action is permitted for victims even years after the abuse occurs.