In the weeks since Josh Duggar was arrested on child pornography charges, many have sought to re-examine the life of the 33-year-old father of six in an effort to determine exactly when things might have gone so horribly wrong.
The process of looking back is particularly infuriating in Josh’s case, as there were so many warning signs that were ignored by the people who were in a position to take action.
It’s been just over six years since the Josh Duggar sex scandals prompted TLC to cancel its most popular reality show, 19 Kids and Counting.
It wasn’t long, of course, before the Duggars – sans Josh – were back on the network with a different series, oddly titled Counting On.
And for fans of the family, all was quickly forgotten. But for those who were victimized by Josh, it wasn’t quite so easy to move on.
Years later, the scars remain, and now, one of the victims is speaking out like never before to remind the public just who Josh is.
Danica Dillon says she was assaulted by Josh during a paid sexual encounter, which he denied back when the allegations surfaced.
Danica bravely spoke out years ago, and with Josh back in the news, she’s come forward again to offer a harrowing account of the ways in which Josh’s attack — and his family’s attempts to silence him — have turned her once-promising life into a tragedy.
Here’s what she had to say:
1. The Survivor
2. A Waking Nightmare
4. Living With the Trauma
5. An Attempt to Move On
6. The Predator
Jana Duggar is 31 and until very recently, it looked as though she had given up on the idea of marriage.
For years, the fact that Jana was still single was a source of running jokes for her siblings and a cause of deep condern to her parents.
The situaton was almost unheard of for a family in which girls were taught from a young age that procreation is their sole reason for being.
So with every birthday, the moaning and hand-wringing from the Duggar faithful became more intense, as did the need to believe that Jana was in a secret courtship that will soon bear fruit … and by “fruit,” of course, we mean children.
But now it seems that the big day is nearly at hand.
After so many years of false hope, there’s now real reason to believe that Jana has entered a courtship with Stephen Wissman.
And fans are convinced wedding bells are in the couple’s newar future.
Here’s a complete list of all the men Jana has been erroneously linked to over the years, along with all the signs that she’s finally found Mr. Right:
1. Single Cinderella
2. Pushed Out of the Nest?
3. Or Shackled to the Compound?
4. Either Way…
5. The Pressure Increases
6. Who Are the Suitors?
One of the most heavily-scrutinized aspects of life in the Duggar clan is the courtship process by which young people find suitable spouses.
Casual dating, premarital sex, and divorce are all forbidden in the Duggars’ world, so there’s a lot riding on every courtship.
Despite all that, the process moves fast — very fast.
Often, Duggars get engaged just a few weeks after they begin courting, and they’re married a few weeks after that.
So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the family has its mate selection protocol down to a science.
Believe it or not, the process involves a written application that’s designed by Jim Bob to help weed out the losers and ensure that his grandkids are bred from only the best stock.
We sincerely wish we were joking/
As you might expect, the whole thing is intensely creepy.
Check out some of the more bizarre highlights from the list of 423 questions (!!!) that are presented to potential Duggar suitors.
It’s believed that both male and female courtship partners are forced to fill out the questionnaire, and of course, the responses are reviewed by the all-powerful shot-caller himself, James Robert Duggar.
Somehow, this family keeps getting weirder by the day.