Inside Josh Duggar’s ‘training center’ where he did ‘lust counseling’ and a carpentry job in the early 2000s
The trial of Josh Duggar in 2021 illuminated his past scandals. With the trial resulting in a guilty verdict, supporters of the Duggar family are looking at Josh’s misdeeds of the early 2000s in a new light. So what happened to Josh after he allegedly molested a few of his younger sisters? He attended a “training center” where he learned carpentry and took “counseling in matters of lust”.
The Josh Duggar Scandal of the Early 2000s Led TLC to Cancel ’19 Kids and Counting’
The Josh Duggar scandals led TLC to cancel the Duggar family show, 19 children and counting. ABC News reports that Josh admitted to doing “inexcusable” actions in the early 2000s, and the Duggars also went to the police regarding what happened. The reports detailed how Josh allegedly inappropriately touched a number of minors when he was a young teenager, and some of them were his sisters.
“After careful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided not to proceed with 19 Kids and Counting,” TLC told ABC News in 2015. “The show will no longer appear on the air.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also released a statement at the time. “Today TLC announced that they will not be filming new episodes of 19 children and counting,” they said. “…With the grace and help of God, Josh, our daughters and our whole family have overcome a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. We are so happy for the wonderful adults that they have all become.
Inside the ‘training center’ he attended, where he learned carpentry and took ‘lust advice’
ABC News reports that Josh Duggar admitted to the assault on Facebook. In 2015, he wrote about how he spoke to authorities about the situation. He also detailed how he would attend counseling.
So what did counseling look like for Josh? The daily mail reported in 2015 that Josh attended a training center in Little Rock, Arkansas, run by the Institute in Basic Life Principles, a controversial religious group founded by Bill Gothard. Gothard noted that the program Josh took involved attending the Integrity Construction Institute program. This program had young boys like Josh renovating an old hospital. This involved construction work and physical labor. Gothard noted that he wanted to turn the space into a center for minors, or a space to develop his ministry.
As for “lust advice”, Josh received individual advice to “clean up” his sexual thoughts. “Josh was put to work helping with the renovations and learning carpentry and at the same time receiving spiritual instruction,” Gothard explained. This involved learning more about the “seven restraints”, lust being one of them.
The training center itself has a number of resources, like “kids training advice books” and various other manuals. A cabinet in the hall displayed photos of the center’s students. The most recent photos are from 2003. The hall of the training center was adorned with furniture, tables and lamps adorned with a red velvet carpet.
Are Josh Duggar’s siblings supporting him after his 2021 trial and guilty verdict?
Josh Duggar’s trial for obtaining child pornography has resulted in a guilty verdict. Currently, his legal team is working to appeal, but where are Josh’s siblings?
The Duggar family hasn’t said much following the lawsuit, but a few of their siblings, like Joy-Anna Duggar and Jill Duggar, wrote responses to the lawsuit on social media. Replies noted that they respected law enforcement and did not appear to claim Josh’s innocence.
An insider who spoke to In touch noted that the family “prepared for the worst” and remain split over the outcome. “[Michelle Duggar] and [Jim Bob Duggar] try to stay strong, pray for Josh, [Anna Duggar], and their grandchildren,” the source said. “The family is rallying, but some of the kids can’t forgive their brother Josh for what he’s done. They are horrified that he has not been helped sooner.
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