by Cassy Fiano | May 19, 2017 10:32 am
The Duggars were a favorite family for conservative Christian Americans… until a bombshell was dropped: Josh Duggar, the oldest Duggar son, had been molesting his sisters, along with another girl, and his parents knew about the abuse and did next to nothing about it. The story was a tabloid sensation, but the Duggar sisters are now fighting back.
Four Duggar sisters — Jill, Joy Anna, Jessa and Jinger — have sued both a magazine and an Arkansas city for violating their right to confidentiality by naming them in the sex abuse scandal. In the 39-page complaint filed, the sisters say that an anonymous tipster told Springdale, Arkansas authorities that the four girls had been victims of molestation at the hands of their brother between 2002-2003, while all four were minors. Investigators approached the girls and promised them that their identities would remain confidential. But when InTouch Weekly discovered the abuse, they filed a Freedom of Information Act and the information the city released made it extremely easy for the magazine to identify the girls, which they did… and publicly.
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“This case is solely about protecting children who are victims of abuse,” their attorney said. “Revealing juvenile identities under these circumstances is unacceptable, and it’s against the law. The media and custodians of public records who let these children down must be held accountable.”
The lawsuit has been filed against the magazine, the city of Springdale and Washington County. The girls are seeking unspecific compensatory and punitive damages.
All four girls, as well as Josh Duggar, were featured on “19 Kids and Counting,” a reality show on TLC which followed Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. The show was taken off the air after the sex abuse scandal hit. It was revealed that Josh had molested his four sisters, as well as a babysitter and both Jim Bob and Michelle knew about the abuse, but did not contact authorities, or do anything to ensure that their daughters would be safe from being abused again in the future. Josh was sent to do some physical labor over the summer as “punishment” and was given a talking-to by a family friend who was a state trooper, but also failed to file a police report or investigate, as required by law.
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