In 2015, the world learned that Josh Duggar molested five young girls, four of whom were his sisters.
Unfortunately, at the time, the girls’ parents seemed more concerned with getting revenge on the people who leaked the information than protecting their daughters.
Likely at the request of their father, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy-Anna Duggar filed a lawsuit against the Springdale, Arkansas Police Department, alleging that cops violated their right to privacy by releasing the file. of Josh’s arrest.
In February, after years of legal wrangling, a judge ruled in favor of the police and the Duggar sisters’ lawsuit was dismissed.
Now, in a rather ironic twist, the trial transcripts have been unsealed, highlighting the abuse that took place at the Duggars’ home while the girls were growing up.
The most outrageous revelation comes to us from Jill Duggar who revealed that Jim Bob was often verbally abusive towards her.
“Unfortunately, I realized that he had become quite controlling, fearful and reactionary. He was verbally abusive,” Jill testified at one point.
“Our relationship is not good. »
She added that the situation has not improved, as being around Jim Bob these days “isn’t good for my mental health”, although she noted that she still hopes the relationship may be “restored” one day.
“There are just too many triggers and things for me to deal with after being with him,” Jill continued.
“It’s emotionally draining and I don’t have the energy right now. »
She added that both of her parents “didn’t give her enough time and attention” to their children, which we assume is a natural consequence of having 19 children.
Asked about the Duggar dress code and other draconian rules, Jill confirmed that both of her parents were “reasonably strict”.
It seems to us that they were andreasonably strict, but we can understand why Jill might not have wanted to roast her parents too much.
The TLC show that made the Duggars famous often highlighted how strict Jim Bob is with his daughters (his sons get off much easier, of course).
Jill didn’t go into detail about Jim Bob’s verbal abuse, but she was incredibly brave to make it a public record.
Jill severed ties with her parents in 2019, and it seems she’s had limited contact with them since.
Around the same time, Jill’s husband, Derick Dillard, accused Jim Bob of stealing millions from his own children by pocketing their TLC earnings.
Needless to say, the past three years have not been good for Jim Bob’s public image.
In addition to Jill’s allegations, Jim Bob’s eldest son, Josh Duggar, was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.
He is currently locked up in an Arkansas prison where he is awaiting sentencing.
Josh could receive up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe the Duggars were once considered the healthiest family on TV.
We’re sure future interviews and memoirs will bring even more revelations about the horrors endured by Jim Bob’s daughters.
And Jill deserves a world of credit for bringing attention to the situation, an act that could have saved her younger sisters from similar mistreatment.