The Duggars Don't Get Why We're All Mad They Didn't Protect Their Daughters

The Duggars spent years building their lives around their Christ-centered faith, including their super popular reality show on TLC, 19 Kids and Counting. Now that it's been canceled in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal, the Duggars are reportedly "stunned" at the backlash.

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According to People magazine, a source close to the family said, "They are still stunned that this is how it has all gone down ... I think they are still trying to absorb the fact that their life has so radically changed."

The insider continued, "The better part of the last decade has been doing their show, and to have that removed -- and instead for there to be this intense scrutiny of their every move -- just isn't something you get used to overnight."

Last May, a police report was obtained from 2006 that alleged that Josh had inappropriately touched five minor females in 2002 and 2003, when he was a young teenager. Four of the five girls were his own sisters, and Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald even came forward to out themselves, so they could tell their side of the story.

They said that they felt victimized a thousands times worse by the media hailstorm than they ever did by Josh, whom they had both forgiven for touching them over their clothes while they slept.

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Given that the family believed that they had dealt with it, rehabilitated Josh, and gotten counseling for all their kids (as well as taking tremendous precautionary measures to make sure nothing like that happened again), they have been shocked that people are so upset over Josh's "mistakes." Reportedly, Jim Bob and Michelle "truly felt people would understand and eventually be okay with it."

While Jessa, Jill, Jim Bob, and Michelle have all said they have publicly forgiven Josh, the public can't get past it -- and I think a lot of that has to do with how the situation was handled. The parents waited until Josh's third confession, for example, before sending him out of the home or contacting authorities.

When you have a 14-year-old kid who comes and confesses something as serious as molesting his own sisters, the number one priority has to be protecting those girls, not making sure that he's been slapped on the wrist and told it's wrong. He knew it was wrong, and he needed help -- that's why he confessed.

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I'm sure that Jim Bob and Michelle are in pain, especially as Josh has had to distance himself from the family. The source said, "Jim Bob and Michelle love their son, and they love when they can spend time with his family. But every time they're photographed with him, a story gets made out of it that rehashes the whole mess -- and it's painful for everyone."

It's a terrible situation to be in, but I think it would be wise for them to say, "Yeah, we messed up in how we handled that, and we understand why people are upset," instead of being shocked by the outrage. They've had a dozen years to process the pain of it all, but it's still fresh for the people who invited them into their homes on their TV screens. 

 

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