Josh Duggar Arrest: How Purity Culture Enables Sexual Violence

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Toxic purity culture infests many strata of our society, from education policies to how films are rated and more.

Nowhere is there a stronger concentration of this way of thinking than in the cult to which the Duggars belong.

On every level, sex is stigmatized, female bodies are shamed, and concepts like “consent” are ignored.

In the wake of Josh Duggar’s arrest, fans can no longer ignore that the family created a breeding ground for sexual violence.

Dr. Camden Morgante is a licensed psychologist and expert in human sexuality, practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She has observed that everything about Josh Duggar’s series of scandals show purity culture myths for what they are: myths.

In contrast, the realities of the ways in which this kind of mindset endangers women and children are illustrated by Josh’s scandals.

On April 29, Josh Duggar was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service after a lengthy investigation.

He was charged with downloading and possessing images and video of the sexual abuse of young girls.

The girls were estimated to be as young as the ages of 5 or 10, according to testimony heard at an early hearing.

Six years before Josh’s arrest, the world learned what sort of man he really is.

It was then that 19 Kids And Counting fans learned, to their horror, that Josh had molested five young girls as a teenager.

Four of his victims were his own sisters.

There was more to the scandal than the absolute horror that comes with sexual predation.

It was also revealed that Jim Bob and Michelle had actively concealed Josh’s crimes.

Instead he was sent to “religious counseling,” or so they claimed. It turned out to not even be that.

The backlash against the Duggars was swift and vocal, spurring TLC to do its least favorite thing: make a moral decision.

19 Kids and Counting was canceled, and TLC promised that Counting On would not feature Jim Bob and Michelle.

Naturally, after a few years, TLC decided that the coast was clear and started sneaking them back onto people’s screens.

It wasn’t long before another Josh Duggar scandal blew wide open that same year.

Josh was accused of cheating on his wife, Anna.

He was also accused of watching porn, though this is only an issue in extremist cults.

Again, he was sent to “counseling.”

Jim Bob and his family towed the party line, chalking up Josh’s crimes as adolescent curiosity.

Their issue, it seemed, was the “sin” involved, not the sexual violence committed against five children.

“’Oh he’s just a boy. He’s just experimenting,’ or ‘He’s just curious’ — that kind of mentality excuses abuse,” Dr. Morgante noted.

“This is a crime,” the human sexuality expert emphasized.

“Maybe some Christians are comfortable calling it a sin or calling it abuse, but it’s also a crime,” Dr. Morgante reiterated.

“It’s also illegal,” Dr. Morgante stressed.

“It’s wrong on legal grounds, moral grounds, many grounds,” she emphasized.

Of the Duggars, Dr. Morgante observed: “And nobody wanted to treat it that way and call it what it is.”

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Source:: The Hollywood Gossip


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