Hunter Frederick, a Christian public relations expert once rumored to have been hired to help manage the fallout from the sexual abuse allegations surrounding Josh Duggar, star of “19 Kids and Counting,” by the Duggar family, says the recent apology from the embattled Christian figure and his parents is not enough to sate the effects of the scandal that has engulfed the family.
“I have no reason to think their apology wasn’t sincere, but an apology is one small thing that needs to happen in this very large problem,” Frederick told The Christian Post on Thursday.
” The majority of people that are against the Duggars want some kind of legal punishment, which can’t happen because of our country’s statute of limitations law. That’s why this whole thing is very sticky from a crisis management standpoint. He (Josh) has to pay his debt to society back in some form or fashion. Most of the time that’s legal action, so how does that happen when he can’t be prosecuted?” added Frederick, who is president of Frederick & Associates.
Josh is accused of molesting five young women when he was 14, but nothing ever came of it because the three year statute of limitations passed. His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, as punishment, however, sent him to the Institute in Basic Life Principles which “was established for the purpose of introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ, and … training on how to find success by following God’s principles found in Scripture,” according to the organization’s website.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life,” Josh explained in an apology to People magazine about the allegations.
“A lot of the Duggars’ supporters are saying he’s paying his debt to society back by getting ripped apart in the press, which is ignorant. I’m getting ripped apart in the press and I have nothing to do with this,” said Frederick. “You sign up for a life in the public eye. This is ‘the work’ by being a target for issues like this.”
Josh resigned from his position at the Family Research Council, a well-known conservative organizarions based in Washington D.C. as a result of the scandal.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Sami K. Martin