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The Duggar Dynasty: All About Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 Children

The Duggar Dynasty: All About Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 Children

Originally posted 08/31/2015 12:15PM

In recent months, the Duggars have found themselves mired in scandal.

The initial scandal broke in May, when a 2006 police report revealed that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's eldest son Josh had molested five underage girls as a teen. Two of his sisters, Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald subsequently stepped forward as two of the victims.

Following the news, TLC officially canceled the family's reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, after nine seasons.

In his statement regarding the molestation scandal, Josh claimed his mistakes were in the past – but three months later, reports revealed that he had signed up for Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates extramarital affairs. On Aug. 20, Josh and his parents broke their silence about the scandal with a statement in which Josh called himself "the biggest hypocrite ever" and confessed to a secret pornography addiction, as well as to cheating on his wife Anna.

Six days later, the Duggars announced Josh had checked himself into rehab.

While Josh and his parents deal with the recent scandals surrounding the family (Jessa recently told PEOPLE, "You just have to keep your focus and trust God"), the rest of the vast brood has largely stayed under the radar.

Here's a quick guide to what we know about the 19 children of Jim Bob, 50, and Michelle, 48.

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Cheryl Burke Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse and the 'Scariest Moment of My Life' on TLC's Breaking the Silence

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Cheryl Burke Reveals Childhood Sexual Abuse and the 'Scariest Moment of My Life' on TLC's Breaking the Silence

Originally posted 08/30/2015 11:35PM

Cheryl Burke shed new light on the molestation she experienced as a child during TLC's documentary Breaking the Silence on Sunday.

"I still go through times when I'm down," Burke revealed. "I don't feel like I'm that strong woman that people think I am today."

Added the the former Dancing with the Stars pro: "I'm only human, and sometimes the stuff I've gone through, I think about all the time, and it just brings me back."

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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Says Sexual Abuse 'Shouldn't Be a Taboo Subject' on TLC Documentary Breaking the Silence

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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Says Sexual Abuse 'Shouldn't Be a Taboo Subject' on TLC Documentary Breaking the Silence

Originally posted 08/30/2015 11:10PM

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Jill (Duggar) Dillard appeared on TLC's documentary Breaking the Silence Sunday, seeking education to address the aftermath of the abuse they faced at the hands of brother Josh Duggar more than a decade ago.

The Duggar sisters' mother Michelle also participated in the sexual abuse prevention training seminar given by Darkness to Light, one of the nation's leading organizations for abuse prevention, in the wake of confirmation this past May that Josh, now 27, molested five underage girls when he was still a teenager. (His two sisters came forward as two of the victims during a conversation with Fox News's Megyn Kelly in early June.)

"I was so glad that my girls and I were able to do this together and that we could just be a support and encouragement to each other to be able to gain more information about this important topic," said Michelle, 48.

Jill Dillard (left) and Jessa Seewald Photo by: Courtesy Jill Dillard
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"It's amazing to understand that there are so many people that deal with this exact same thing in their own families," said Jill, 24. "So just being educated is very good."

Jessa, 22, noted, "I feel like this should be a discussion people are having, even regularly. I think that it shouldn't be a taboo subject, that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse and talking about this."

The seminar was especially meaningful for Jessa, who is expecting her first child on Nov. 1, and she said she learned "things I can do to be more aware, things I can do to set up boundaries and safeguards for my child and children, hopefully, in the future."

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

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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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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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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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