May 22, 2015 10:00 pm -


The Duggars followed a homeschooling program by the Advanced Training Institute, headed by accused sex abuser Bill Gothard.

Gothard last year denied accusations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted 34(!) women, claiming “I have never kissed a girl nor have I touched a girl immorally or with sexual intent.” He was 79 years old at the time.

Although Gothard was forced to resign as the head of the Advanced Training Institute due to the accusations, the Duggars apparently still follow the organization’s teaching plans, which include lessons on how to deal with sexual abuse in the home.

These lessons were creepy when Recovering Grace (a site run by former followers of Gothard’s “cult”) and the Jezebel-reader community site Powder Room published them in January, but they’re even more disturbing now, in light of Josh Duggar’s admission this week that he abused his younger sisters as a teen.

Especially this one: “Lessons From Moral Failures in a Family,” which describes a hypothetical scenario in which parents discover that “an older brother was guilty of sexually abusing younger ones in his family.” When the older brother had “repented,” he’s asked a series of questions—including “What teaching could have been given to each child [emphasis ours] to resist evil?” and “What factors in the home contributed to immodesty and temptation?”

…the lessons are frighteningly light on personal responsibility, and heavy on blame for the victim—condemning younger sisters for dressing “immodestly,” and parents for exposing the boy to temptation by having him change his sisters’ diapers. The document also blames porn, advising families to “pray for protection from pornography.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

29 responses to Duggars Used Homeschool Program Devised By Accused Sex Abuser

  1. StoneyCurtisll May 22nd, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    This comes as no surprise…

    • whatthe46 May 22nd, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      honey, this is only the beginning.

      • robert May 23rd, 2015 at 3:32 pm


        its been going on for decades The right have famously denied it once again

        no surprise

  2. majii May 22nd, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I changed my nephews’ and nieces’ diapers when I was young, and molesting them never entered my mind. I was 21 when I began teaching teen boys, and I taught them for over 30 years and never made one move to have an inappropriate relationship with any of them. I guess I’m not wired to think/act that way toward kids.

    • Dwendt44 May 23rd, 2015 at 1:23 am

      This cult thinks more kids, of their kind, is a good thing. With 19 kids, who has time to watch all of them, especially when there’s a new one to nurse and tend to every year.

      • whatthe46 May 23rd, 2015 at 2:57 am

        they didn’t care! it wasn’t, in my humble opinion about family as much as it was about, the mighty dollar.

    • Wee Mousie May 23rd, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Man and boy I have had changing diapers forced upon me, and the only thing I ever wished to do with my hands, which was not part of the normal procedural, was to hold my nose.

  3. ExPFCWintergreen May 22nd, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    So Josh must’ve been, what, the valedictorian?

    • whatthe46 May 23rd, 2015 at 12:02 am

      that was some funny chit rite thar! laughed so hard!

  4. AnthonyLook May 23rd, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Catholic pedophilia is last decades news; it’s now the era of White Republican fake christian pedophiles.

    • whatthe46 May 23rd, 2015 at 2:55 am

      it’s sad that you’re right.

      • AnthonyLook May 23rd, 2015 at 7:07 am

        Let’s [pray not.

  5. Dwendt44 May 23rd, 2015 at 1:21 am

    The ‘home schooling’ racket is more propaganda and proselytizing than teaching. While some if those offering regular courses like a high school, most are far right wing religious indoctrination outlets.

    • Ben Ghazi May 26th, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      HS generates uneducated, social misfits and should be criminal abuse of children.

  6. William May 23rd, 2015 at 1:42 am


    • whatthe46 May 23rd, 2015 at 2:54 am

      oh my goodness that’s gross. all the way around!

    • rg9rts May 23rd, 2015 at 2:54 am


    • AnthonyLook May 23rd, 2015 at 7:07 am

      I saw her at Walmart.

      • Larry Schmitt May 23rd, 2015 at 7:08 am

        And all her sisters.

    • Larry Schmitt May 23rd, 2015 at 7:07 am

      And she’s already got a free babysitter.

  7. rg9rts May 23rd, 2015 at 2:53 am

    If they are too good to be true….they are too good to be true!

    • whatthe46 May 23rd, 2015 at 2:59 am

      you said a mouth full of truth!

  8. Suzanne McFly May 23rd, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Wasn’t one of the cops handling this case also arrested for sexually molesting young kids? Seems the flock sticks together.

  9. William May 23rd, 2015 at 9:27 am


  10. anothertoothpick May 23rd, 2015 at 9:57 am

    On her way to homeschool.

    • ExPFCWintergreen May 23rd, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Well, ol’ Huckabee DID say it’s better to have a gun you don’t know how to use than no gun at all

    • Ben Ghazi May 26th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      A future GOP voter.

  11. Jeffrey Samuels May 23rd, 2015 at 11:33 am

    and Evangelicals wonder why the general population thinks they are a bunch of repressed hypocrites.

  12. Ben Ghazi May 26th, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Incest is best when kept a family secret.