Source Says Duggar Family Is ‘Still Stunned That This Is How It Has All Gone Down’

The Duggar family from TLC's television program "19 and Counting." (Photo: Scott Enlow, TLC)
The Duggar family from TLC’s television program “19 and Counting.”
(Photo: Scott Enlow, TLC)

Three months ago, a scandal turned their world upside down – and the Duggar family is still trying to figure out a way forward.


“They are still stunned that this is how it has all gone down,” a source who has worked closely with them tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I think they are still trying to absorb the fact that their life has so radically changed.”

In mid-May, oldest son Josh, 27, apologized for his earlier “wrongdoing:” A 2006 police report revealed that he molested five underage girls as a teen, and his sisters Jill, 24, and Jessa, 22, subsequently stepped forward as two of the victims. Since then, the sprawling reality TV family has struggled to move on following thecancellation of their hit TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting.

“The better part of the last decade has been doing their show, and to have that removed – and instead for there to be this intense scrutiny of their every move – just isn’t something you get used to overnight,” says the source.

When it comes to Josh’s “mistakes,” parents Michelle, 48, and Jim Bob, 50, “truly felt people would understand and eventually be okay with it,” adds the source.

Jessa, Jill, Jim Bob and Michelle have all publicly said they forgive Josh, now a married father of four, and “none of the Duggars think Josh is to blame” for the tremendous fallout, says the source. Instead, it is the officials who released the police records about Josh and his young victims who are the focus of the family’s anger.

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SOURCE: People
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