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Duggar homeschool minister, Bill Gothard, has been accused of sexual abuse by 10 women—one of them claims that Gothard, and a “biblical counselor” buddy of his, raped her.
Well, that’s no big surprise really, is it?
Five of the women filed a lawsuit back in October, charging Gothard, and the Institute in Basic Life Principles, with sexual abuse, harassment and cover-up—they were forced to refile the complaint, as they were told there were not enough specifics included.
They refiled yesterday, along with five more women, and the specifics they include this time round are truly sickening.
One of the Jane Doe plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleges that she was raped by her father and other relatives and says she was sold by her father through human trafficking when she was a minor. She said she reported the abuse and trafficking to IBLP staff, which failed to report to authorities.
.... When the Jane Doe plaintiff was at a ministry’s training center, she and Gothard both called her father and Gothard asked him if abuse allegations were true, the lawsuit states. After her father denied the allegations, she said Gothard threatened her. Gothard taught that children were to obey their parents even if they were being sexually abused, the lawsuit states.
The Jane Doe then alleges that Gothard had sexual intercourse with her without her consent, saying she notified IBLP of the rape through an email in 2013. She alleges that an IBLP-employed counselor also raped her in his office at an IBLP training center in Indianapolis. David Gibbs III, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, said she is not sure how old she was at the time of the alleged rapes, but was likely around 17 or 18 years old. Another woman in the lawsuit, Ruth Copley Burger, who was the adopted daughter of the counselor in question, alleges that her father sexually molested her.
As Popdust previously reported, after Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar found out their oldest son, Josh, had been sexually molesting two of his sisters, in addition to other little girls, they packed him off to a prayer camp/training center, run by the Institute in Basic Life Principles—which, obviously worked a treat, as evidenced by last years porn addiction, banging a hooker and trawling adult hook-up sites scandal.
The IBLP were a major force in the Christian homeschooling world, with close ties to the Duggars, and to their good pal, Mike Huckabee—however, they fell from grace, so to speak, back in 2014, when Gothard was forced to resign his post as leader of the ministry he founded in 1961, after he was accused by more than 30 females (some of them minors) of sexual harassment and molestation.
Not surprisingly, Gothard denies all of the accusations against him.
According to the Washington Post:
Reached by phone on Wednesday, Gothard said he has not seen the lawsuit and denied allegations that he had raped one woman. “Oh no. Never never. Oh! That’s horrible,” he said. “Never in my life have I touched a girl sexually. I’m shocked to even hear that.”
However, included in the lawsuit filed yesterday, is a letter, allegedly written by Gothard, admitting he had “sinned” and, “was very wrong in holding hands, giving hugs, and touching hair and feet. I was also wrong in making statements that caused emotional turmoil and confusion.”
Gothard, who urged his followers to breed like rabbits and have huge families in order to strengthen their “biblical character” has never actually been married himself.
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