Just as Josh Duggar himself stated, his actions 12 years ago were inexcusable. I in no way condone what he did, and I in no way condone this behavior from anybody. However, I also do not condone the behavior by the pubic since this information was released. Yes he committed a crime, however he received counseling and rehabilitation for his crime. Additionally since this became public, he resigned from his job immediately–without anybody asking him to. There are men and women out there who do nothing to receive help or repent for their sins–and continue to abuse men, women, boys and girls. He and his family knew he had sinned and tried to handle the situation the best they could.
Put yourself in their shoes a bit. Imagine you had just found your own son or daughter doing this to another one of your children. Those are your CHILDREN. Can you honestly tell me that immediately you would call 911 on your elder child and have them arrested on the spot? I can say I know I wouldn’t. I would immediately stop the behavior, tell my child that their actions were wrong, and take them to counseling. I could not imagine sending my minor child to jail immediately for an action that they may not understand on their own. This is a scary situation for any family. I do agree that the parents in this situation waited a bit too long to inform the authorities, especially with them knowing this had happened multiple times. I am not saying I am on their side. However this is a situation that affects every single family member. They did what they sought best for their family–they turned to their faith, counseling, and eventually the authorities. They may not have done so in a timely manner (I.e. after the first offense), but they did what they needed to do.
If this was any other family in the United States, this would never even make it into the news. This is a private family manner. It is something they addressed and recovered from, and eventually moved on. If the victims themselves can move on–why can’t the rest of us who aren’t even directly effected? This family was almost torn apart years ago but was able to stick together and make it through–yet here the public is, trying to ruin another family. Opening up old wounds and having a family relive a horrible time.
This man showed remorse for his actions. Why is he being burned alive by the public while somebody like Lena Dunham–who showed no remorse for molesting her younger sister, and actually finds it comical–is more popular than ever and nobody even bats an eye at her behavior? Additionally, if we take a look at Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, I’d say they were fair to cancel that show because that was something that was actively putting the kids on the show in danger. The mother KNEW she was dating a registered sex offender and bringing him around her children who had publicly showed concern for the situation. It was right of the network to stop filming and help the family to resolve the situation privately. In the case of the Duggars, this is a family that is no longer dealing with an active offender or is in any immediate danger. If anything, the situation made them stick to their faith much more than ever before.
The public needs to pipe the fuck down. After all, “He who is without sin may cast the first stone.” Just let this go back to being a family matter.