Josh and his family were widely criticized for the circumstances of the crimes, their handling of the crimes, and their perceived hypocrisy in the face of their extensive and controversial "family values activism." .
In their press release statement the network stated they were "especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family." In light of criticism that the network continued to air new episodes of for over a year after the scandal was unearthed, and was seemingly using the molestation case as a ratings booster, TLC worked with "victims' rights and advocacy organizations" to produce a 60 minute documentary about victims of abuse.
But did you know that the Christian curriculum they follow has its own share of sexual abuse scandals?
(which we're pretty sure is the Duggars' least favorite publication) reported in 2015 that the family adheres to a home schooling program from the Advanced Training Institute, which is "a Bible-based homeschooling program run by alleged cult figurehead Bill Gothard." Gothard himself has been accused of a slew of improper sexual advances on young girls, but that's not where the creepiness ends.
However, since this documentary also starred the Duggars, it did little to squelch negative public judgement.
, broke the story that in a massive hack of Ashley Madison.com, the notorious extramarital affair hookup website, Josh Duggar's name and address was publicly associated with two separate monthly "affair guaranteed" level accounts, for which he had so far paid "a total of 6.76." Josh, who had proposed to his wife on an episode of , remained mum for a few weeks, and then posted a public apology on his mother Michelle's popular blog.
The documents also revealed that Jim Bob blocked police requests to interview Josh.
Although the investigation had to be abandoned due to the statute of limitations, Josh, the Duggar family, and became the focus of a media frenzy.
The family has been widely questioned in the media for their anti-gay, conservative "values voter" views.In a blog post on her site , as well as the scandal, the fame, and the money that comes along with being the star of a hit reality TV series, family patriarch, Jim Bob Duggar served his state of Arkansas as a House Representative.He ran on an anti-abortion, family values platform, and served for one term in the early 2000s, before challenging the Arkansas incumbent for his senate seat and losing in 2002.When, at the age of 45, the Michelle Duggar announced that the family would soon welcome baby number 20, the clan was all smiles. What stirred up controversy surrounding this sad event was the family's decision to name, photograph, and have a full funeral service for the would-be twentieth Duggar.One of the photos, along with a letter to her lost child read by Michelle is available here.His apology included the following statement: "While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife." Get ready to a) get some insight into the questionable reason the Duggar parents treated Josh's molestation crimes the way they did and b) feel extremely creeped out.It's common knowledge that the Duggars have long chosen to home school their kids.Arkansas is unlike most of the rest of the nation in that it is still legal for a person to be fired from their job for being gay, or be kicked out of their housing for being transgender.Michelle's opinion was that new laws to protect these groups should be blocked.So as long as they continue to encourage us to follow their story, we're willing keep snooping.Even though in a giant extended family like this one, a new baby on the way is hardly unexpected news, after both a sex abuse and cheating scandal like the ones Josh Duggar and his wife Anna went through, introducing a new baby into the world together takes on added meaning.