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Why Anna Duggar Married Josh Despite His Molestation Past

Why Anna Duggar Married Josh Despite His Molestation Past

Originally posted 08/27/2015 01:50PM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE! 

Long before the world ever knew about the sexual abuse that had transpired in the Duggar family household – where former 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's eldest son Josh, as a teenager, had molested five underage girls, including his sisters Jill and Jessa – that dark secret was shared with the woman who was soon to be his wife.

"Anna did know," a source close to Josh's wife tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "Her whole family knew something had happened."

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Looking Back at Josh Duggar's First Attempt at Recovery: Controversial 'Lust Counseling' and 'Hard Physical Work'

Looking Back at Josh Duggar's First Attempt at Recovery: Controversial 'Lust Counseling' and 'Hard Physical Work'

Originally posted 08/27/2015 10:35AM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!

Josh Duggar's family announced on their website Wednesday that he is currently at "a long-term treatment center" in an effort to achieve "wholeness and recovery."

The 27-year-old checked into the facility less than a week after his bombshell revelation that he'd developed an addiction to pornography and cheated on his wife, Anna – but this isn't the first time Josh has received treatment for sexual misbehavior.

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The Duggars and Quiverfull: Inside the Extreme Religious Movement That Teaches Children Are 'Weapons in the Culture War' | The Duggars

The Duggars and Quiverfull: Inside the Extreme Religious Movement That Teaches Children Are 'Weapons in the Culture War'

Originally posted 08/26/2015 11:00AM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have always said that they are not part of the Quiverfull movement.

Although they have carefully avoided an association with any specific ideology, the Duggars' publicly held beliefs mirrors that of the conservative patriarchal movement, a catch-all term that encompasses several fundamentalist Christian sects – including the best known, Quiverfull.

The movement took off in the mid-'80s with the publication of Mary Pride's book The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality, in which Pride argued for a bible-based role for women.

Quiverfull takes its name from an Old Testament psalm that likens children to "arrows" and says, "Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."

"In the Quiverfull movement, your kids are blessings from God and they are also weapons in the culture war," says Cavan Concannon, assistant professor of religion at the University of Southern California. "Some people in the movement would say that part of having a lot of kids is an attempt to birth more conservative Christians in a world that doesn't have enough of them."

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'Duggarville' Exposed: Jim Bob 'Is Like a Dictator'; How the Clan Uses a Code Word to Repress Lust

'Duggarville' Exposed: Jim Bob 'Is like a Dictator'; How the Clan Uses a Code Word to Repress Lust

Originally posted 08/26/2015 08:00AM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!

For a decade on the hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar played the roles of "traditional" parents keeping their vast brood in line with warmth, gentle guidance and good humor.

But behind the scenes, powerful patriarch Jim Bob, 50, exerts authority over his wife and family, several close sources tell PEOPLE in this week's issue. (The Duggar family did not respond to requests for comment.)

"Jim Bob's favorite word is 'no,' " says one Duggar family source. "He's like a dictator. He once saw a guy kissing a girl before marriage and confronted him about it. And the guy said, 'Jim Bob, show me that verse in the Bible that says we can't kiss. Get out your Bible.' And Jim Bob was like, 'Uhhhh ...' because no one ever confronts Jim Bob. No one."

Adds a second source: "Jim Bob calls the shots. Always has and always will."

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Siblings Taking Sides: Josh and Anna Duggar's Families Clash over Cheating, Porn Scandal

Siblings Taking Sides: Josh and Anna Duggar's Families Clash over Cheating, Porn Scandal

Originally posted 08/25/2015 03:15PM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!

Anna and Josh Duggar's families are getting involved in the most recent Duggar scandal, which erupted on Thursday when Josh confessed to cheating on his wife Anna and having an addiction to pornography.

Since the admission, the Duggars have made no further public statements, but both Josh and Anna's siblings have taken to social media to weigh in on the scandal.

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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Shares Bible Passage About Sin After Brother Josh's Cheating Scandal

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Shares Bible Passage About Sin After Brother Josh's Cheating Scandal

Originally posted 08/24/2015 10:40AM

Anna Duggar's siblings beg her to leave husband Josh after his shocking double life is revealed. Subscribe now for more on the cheating scandal and the Duggars' ultra-conservative lifestyle, only in PEOPLE!

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Before the Scandal: The Duggars' Rigid Rules for Dating and Marriage Have Always Been 'About Setting a Higher Standard'

Before the Scandal: The Duggars' Rigid Rules for Dating and Marriage Have Always Been 'About Setting a Higher Standard'

Originally posted 08/23/2015 08:40AM

For some, practicing what you preach isn't always as easy as it may seem.

In light of Josh Duggar's most recent scandal (the former family values counselor admitted on Thursday to having a porn addiction and cheating on his wife Anna following reports that he had used an infidelity website), his actions are completely at odds with the strict rules and values espoused by the Duggar family.

"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," he wrote in a statement released on the family's website. "I am so ashamed of the double life I have been living."

One thing's for sure: He wasn't raised that way. Here's a look back at the strict dating and marriage rules his "stunned" parents Jim Bob and Michelle expected all of their kids to follow.

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In Their Own Words: The Duggars Share Thoughts on Their Uncompromising Religious Lifestyle | The Duggars

In Their Own Words: The Duggars Share Thoughts on Their Uncompromising Religious Lifestyle

Originally posted 08/22/2015 02:50PM

In difficult times, the Duggar family has one unbending rule: Look to God.

Amid a fresh disgrace for oldest son Josh Duggar, whose molestation scandal in May ultimately resulted in TLC pulling the plug on 19 Kids and Counting, parents Jim Bob and Michelle have stayed true to this very value, which they instilled in all of their children since birth.

"We have committed to Him that in all things – difficulties or success, good times or bad – we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family," the couple said in a statement regarding the cancellation that was posted on the family website.

It is no secret that the Duggars have centered their lives around their religious beliefs. The couple have created a conservative Christian belief system that has become the foundation for their approach everyday life. Despite what continues to be thrown their way, their faith remains the highest priority.

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Josh Duggar: Looking Back at His Most Jaw-Dropping TV Moments

Josh Duggar: Looking Back at His Most Jaw-Dropping TV Moments

Originally posted 08/21/2015 11:45AM

For more than three months, Josh Duggar has been entrenched in scandal.

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Josh Duggar Insisted His Mistakes Were in the Past

Josh Duggar Insisted His Mistakes Were in the Past

Originally posted 08/21/2015 09:05AM

Josh Duggar, the eldest child of former 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, has found himself mired in scandal once again.

Following the molestation scandal that wreaked havoc on the Duggar family, Josh has confessed to having a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife Anna, at times with the help of an infidelity website.

All of this stands in stark contrast to the image he painted of himself just three months ago.

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