Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar are suing city, county, and police officials in Springdale, Arkansas and In Touch magazine after documents that detailed their brother Josh Duggar's sexual molestation case were made public. TMZ reports that the sisters were told their testimony would be kept private, as they were minors at the time their statements were given.
In Touch had filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015 in order to obtain reports that were later published in a series of eight stories on the subject of Josh's history of sexual abuse. The sisters now claim that according to Arkansas laws, police are forbidden from sharing information pertaining to the sexual abuse of children.
The fallout from the In Touch reports led to the cancellation of the family's reality TV program 19 Kids And Counting, and the sisters may be looking for damages caused to their business endeavors.
Josh Duggar was forced to enter rehab after stories broke about his sexual abuse of minors, which his father kept hidden from police. Duggar recently returned to televsion in a new controversial show called Counting On. The incident was made all the more audacious due to the family's extreme right-wing and conservative political beliefs pertaining to sexual practices.
"Since the residential treatment program ended, we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps toward healing. It isn’t easy and some days are very difficult. It is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship. We are very thankful for God’s forgiveness, grace and help, as it is our strength and guide to rebuilding our lives. As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children," wrote Josh and Anna Duggar on their website a year ago.
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