Duggar Homeschool Program Sued For Sexually Abusing Minors, Because Of Course They Were

One could say that Josh Duggar was an aberration, that his deviant decision to molest four family members — one of them five years old at the time he abused her — and a babysitter over a number of years was not in any way representative of the good, pure Christian culture from which he hails. Of course, that person would be lying to himself more terribly than Donald Trump when he looks in the mirror and genuinely believes America will elect him.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that five women have sued the Duggars’ favored homeschool program — the same that taught Josh his victims were at fault for his actions — alleging that its board of directors both enabled and covered up sexual abuse and harassment of interns, employees, and other participants in the program. Yes, those abuses do include children. The plaintiffs, who accuse the Institute in Basic Life Principles and its board of acting negligently with willful disregard for victims, and of acting in a civil conspiracy to hide the actions of criminals, are  Gretchen Wilkinson, Charis Barker, Rachel Frost, Rachel Lees and a Jane Doe. Each seeks $500,000 in damages. The Post reports:

The new lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in DuPage County Circuit Court in Illinois, where IBLP’s headquarters is located, charges that IBLP, its employees and directors “frequently received reports” of “sexual abuse, sexual harassment and inappropriate/unauthorized touching.” But, the lawsuit said, they never reported “these serious, potentially criminal allegations to law enforcement authorities or the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services” as required by state law.

David Gibbs III, the attorney representing the women, said in an interview the women decided to litigate only after unsuccessful efforts to address the issues with the IBLP board of directors, who are also named in the lawsuit. Gibbs added that his clients did not want to sue, but that the board “rather stubbornly and in my opinion rather arrogantly basically challenged the girls to bring the case.”

The board, he said, “is not operating in a spirit of transparency or openness,” and has not discussed the allegations with the victims.

Last year Bill Gothard, founder of the Institute, resigned amid allegations that he had sexually “groomed” about 30 young women and teenagers. He denies any and all sexual harassment allegations, but the plaintiffs say that the internal investigation conducted by his ministry was simply a series of coverups of the abuses. The victims, Gibbs says, were often as young as 13 or 14 years old, and had also “been subjected at home to physical, sexual and other abuse or neglect.” The common “pattern” among his clients, he explained, was that they would “act out” as a result of their abuses at home, and would be sent to IBLP for counseling — where they would be subjected to further abuse.

Gibbs says Gothard would often question the girls about their abuse at home and offer to counsel them at the IBLP headquarters. There, they received some special one-on-one time with the now 80-year-old man, where he would inappropriately touch them. Sometimes, he would have a driver take some of the girls out for ice cream and more “inappropriate touching” would happen in the back seat of the car.

If the girls rejected his advances, he would “call the parents and share with them all the allegations of abuse that were shared in counseling, and then send the children back into those environments,” Gibbs said. He says that, while his clients were reluctant to sue, they want to hold Gothard and his organization accountable for “perpetuating this philosophy and culture of abuse.”

The suit also calls for a “constructive trust” to be imposed, which would prevent the organization from liquidating its assets, valued between $80-100 million. According to the suit, the ILBP plans to move its headquarters to Texas “in an attempt to flee the jurisdiction (state of Illinois) where this wrongful conduct occurred.”

Josh Duggar is not just a troubled person who was curious about girls, as the Right has alleged in their incessant attempts to defend their champion — he is a perfect representative of a morally-devoid and corrupt culture of religiously-sanctioned sexual terrorism, one that teaches its victims that they are to blame because they didn’t pray hard enough for God to stop it. If there is a Hell, each and every single supporter of the IBLP will be there. Count on it.