Duggar Sisters File Privacy Suit Against City, Magazine

Angie Massey
May 20, 2017

According to the lawsuit, the girls are making the argument that when they spoke to investigators in 2006 about the molestations, they were assured their statements were legally protected and would only be shared with police and child protective services officials because they were all minors. But under Arkansas laws, the police are apparently forbidden from divulging any information about sexual misconduct involving children.

A post shared by The Duggar Family (@duggarfam) on May 14, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT Now four Duggar sisters (Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo, and Joy Duggar) have filed a lawsuit against the Springdale Police Department, according to TMZ, with all four sisters in the suit named as victims.

The suit claims that In Touch published nine articles about the Duggars, which caused the girls to "relive painful memories" and suffer "severe mental anguish and distress [after] being publicly identified as being victims of sexual abuse as minors".

Though In Touch filed a Freedom of Information Act request in 2015, the Duggar sisters say that, by law, officials can not release information of sexual misconduct involving minors to the public.

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"In December 2006, the Police Department instituted an investigation ... into allegations that Plaintiffs, who were under the age of sixteen at the time, and one other female had been sexually assaulted on several occasions by Plaintiffs' brother, Josh Duggar", according to the lawsuit. The statement further reiterates what Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse said two years ago: the Duggar family's claim that they didn't know the records were to be released until the news was published is false. Josh was also forced to enter a rehab program. Duggar recently returned to televsion in a new controversial show called Counting On.

Messages left with representatives of the city, county and publishers of the magazine drew no responses Thursday. However, since the show was canceled, the sisters have secured another reality show, Counting On. "This case is exclusively about protecting children who are victims of abuse, ' the sisters" attorneys said in a statement. Therefore, anyone seeing the police reports could easily connect the dots and conclude that Josh was the perpetrator and the victims were his sisters. They claim in the federal suit that investigators promised them confidentiality. The sisters said they had forgiven their brother and accused the news media of having harmed them more than their brother.

"I see it as a victimization that's even a thousand times worse, because this was something that was already dealt with".

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