According to an anonymous source close to the reality television family/small township, the Duggars remain shocked that Josh’s scandal has impacted their life in such a way.
“They are still stunned that this is how it has all gone down,” the source told People. “I think they are still trying to absorb the fact that their life has so radically changed.”
“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.”
TLC has responded to the scandal, which was prompted by the revelation that eldest son Josh Duggar had sexually molested five underage girls, including two of his younger sisters Jessa and Jill, not only by canceling 19 Kids and Counting, but by adding to their programming. The network teamed up with abuse-prevention organizations Darkness to Light and RAINN to produce a new documentary called Breaking the Silence. The program will focus on survivors of child sexual abuse and is set to air August 30.
Jessa, Jill, Jim Bob and Michelle have all publicly said they forgive Josh, now a married father of four, and “none of the Duggars think Josh is to blame” for the tremendous fallout, says the source. Instead, it is the officials who released the police records about Josh and his young victims who are the focus of the family’s anger.
“Jim Bob and Michelle love their son, and they love when they can spend time with his family,” the source continued. “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.”
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