It was revealed in 2015 that Josh Duggar had molested multiple underage girls when he was a teenager, four of whom were his sisters. CBS News now reports that Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy Duggar are suing the city and police of Springdale and Washington County, Arkansas over leaked documents related to the 2006 investigation into the molestation that took place when the sisters were underage.
The sisters are also suing the publishers of InTouch Weekly, as the magazine published the story. The Duggars allege that the city and county provided documents to the magazine that contained enough information to identify them as Josh’s victims.
InTouch reportedly filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015 to obtain the documents and published at least eight stories about the investigation. According to Arkansas law, however, police are forbidden from sharing specific information related to the sexual abuse of a child.
That’s not a message I want to send. It’s hard enough for children to come forward, lets not give them public examples of how being a victim makes it open season for anyone to talk about you and your family.
I hope they win, and the next time someone famous is accused of sexual abuse, law enforcement agencies think twice about sharing files with the media.
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