[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE CULTURE, RAPE APOLOGIA]
Possible other titles for this post include "Oh My God" and "I Can't Even."
As though I needed more confirmation of rape culture. The awfulness of what follows could be extremely triggering.
The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation
The short version of the response is "yeah he totally did," and the long version of the story is horrifying beyond belief. I don't want to go through the whole thing. Melissa McEwen does a fine job of that.
The summary is that Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting was accused of molesting no less than five girls when he was younger. Now, the family has explained that they knew about this, and sent him to "counseling," only it wasn't counseling. They actually sent him to hang out with some dude who was remodeling a house, which they called a "training center," but it was just some dude remodeling a house. I don't know.
Then when Josh predictably assaulted another girl, they sent him to police officer for some kind of stern talking to. This police officer is now IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES.
Also everyone knew about this, his family and church covered it up, and TLC probably knew as well but decided to air the show anyway. And the family is calling the assaults "mistakes" and say that they went through one of the most difficult times of their lives, wah wah wah wah those girls are scarred for life now but pooooooor family had to learn that Josh was assaulting little girls.
This. Is. Rape. Culture.