Josh Duggar's Alleged Sexual Abuse Victims' Names & Details Shouldn't Be For Public Consumption Without Their Consent
Ever since a report came out that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar allegedly molested several minor females when he was also a minor, the news has been highly discussed and dissected, and the public has been trying to get its hands on as many details as possible. Ahead of a Wednesday, June 3 primetime special on Fox, Deadline reports that, Fox News' Megyn Kelly will speak with four members of the Duggar family, including his parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, and his sisters, Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard.
Fox News released a statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday evening regarding the victims identities, but Bustle will refrain from including their names or any further information until they self identify.
On May 21, Josh commented on the accusations in a statement to People, which read,
Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.
During Monday's Fox News broadcast, Kelly said "nothing is off limits" when it comes to her Wednesday sit down but clarified that she will follow the alleged victims wishes: "I don't plan on getting into the specific details about what was done because my understanding is the victims don't want to discuss that either, they don't want it discussed."
On Wednesday, In Touch magazine — the same source that published the police report that brought the claims of molestation against Josh to the public's attention nearly two weeks ago — obtained another police report that supposedly reveals that Josh admitted to molesting several of his sisters, but the report has the names of the victims redacted.
According to TMZ, “one of [Josh's] alleged victims asked a judge to protect her identity," which resulted in the destruction of investigation documents that were part of Josh's case. According to the website, this alleged victim was reportedly scared that the police report would end up being seen by the public and ultimately reveal her name, among other details.
Ahead of Wednesday night's interview, let's hope Kelly, and everyone else, respects the wishes of the alleged victims, because unless the alleged victims choose to self identify, no details nor information about their identities should be given to the public.