’19 Blows and Counting,’ Josh Duggar may end up in court
A woman formerly victimized by the oldest Duggar is reportedly suing the former reality star and anti-gay activist in a new twist in the 19 Kids and Counting scandal.
While the statute of limitations have expired for his crimes, the non-family victim is planning on bringing the lawsuit against Josh under Arkansas Code Annotated Section 16-56-130, which allows for victims to take civil action against their abusers for ongoing effects from the abuse.
The report is based on an anonymous source reported by InTouch Weekly, the tabloid that unearthed the police reports for Josh’s crimes.
The police reports show that Josh molested four of his sisters and a fifth victim who was a babysitting for the family.
The anonymous source claims that the woman known only as “the babysitter” is planning on taking Josh to court.
Should Josh go to court he will have to answer some tough questions without the protection of the Fifth Amendment, which protects people from incriminating themselves, because the statute of limitations have run out on his crimes. Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, will also have to testify without the protection of the Fifth as well.
The lawsuit may prove to be more enlightening than the Duggars’ Fox News interviews with Megyn Kelly, where they skirted difficult questions and gave vague, practiced answers about why they didn’t report Josh’s abuse to authorities and if he received actual counseling from a certified therapist. The Duggars would also have to admit what actions they took to cover up their son’s crimes, and which elders from their church knew about the abuse and also didn’t report it.
While it remains doubtful any of the Duggar sisters would even entertain a thought about bringing a lawsuit against their abusive brother, the babysitter is not under the family’s thumb in any way and is free to take actions against her abuser in court.
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