Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar: Ties to Child Abuse Scandal Exposed?!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hold a number of controversial views.

In fact, the parents of 20 are almost as well-known for their eccentric worldview as for their love of procreation.

Many of the Duggars’ most hotly debated ideas have to do with their unusual take on child-rearing.

In addition to the famous Duggar courtship rules, Jim Bob and Michelle advocate a number of controversial corporal punishment techniques.

Back in 2015, Michelle was criticized for her espousal of “blanket training,” a practice in which children as young as six months old are instructed to remain seated on a blanket and struck if they refuse to comply.

Blanket training was originally devised by Michael and Debi Pearl, authors of the bestselling parenting book To Train Up a Child.

Critics of the Pearls accuse them of advocating some of the most brutal forms of child abuse and neglect.

The New York Times reports that in 2011, their book was found in the homes of three children who had died from child abuse.

The Duggars effectively distanced themselves from the Pearls following the blanket training scandal, but now it appears they’ve decided its safe to get back in their old friends’ corner.

Last week, their daughter Joy-Anna Duggar’s ties to the Pearls were revealed when she promoted a speaking engagement of theirs that’s scheduled to take place at a facility owned by her in-laws.

On Monday, Jim Bob and Michelle also promoted the appearance on their Facebook page.

“This makes me so sad,” one user wrote on the post. “The Pearls literally promote hitting babies, actual babies. They are child abusers. Why you would promote their evil and cruel practices is mind boggling

“Why are you promoting child abuse?” another remarked.

“I hope every single one of you participating in the Pearls’ abusive ways are arrested and spend significant time in prison. Those poor Duggar children.”

In an impassioned interview with Radar Online, Michael Pearl defended his views and teachings:

“The book has sold well over 1 million copies,” he told the outlet.

“A lot of families are being blessed by the content. They say it’s the best thing that ever happened to their family, including grown people who were raised with the principles in that book.

“Those adults are now training their children.”

Pearl added:

“I teach not to punish your children. It’s a whole comprehensive approach to child training. Physical discipline is a small part of it.”

It seems unlikely, of course, that anyone who believes the Pearls’ are responsible for the deaths of several small children will be persuaded by that argument.

At this time, the post promoting the Pearls’ appearance in Arkansas has not been removed from the Duggars’ Facebook page.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Amber Portwood Accuses Matt Baier of Abuse on Marriage Boot Camp!

In just a few short weeks, we will be receiving such a delightful, exciting gift …

And that gift is the premiere episode of the new season of Marriage Boot Camp!

This season, we're most excited to see Amber Portwood work through her issues with Matt Baier, because even though their relationship obviously didn't work out, there's still a lot we'd like to know about their breakup.

We're also dying to see if Andrew Glennon, her new boyfriend/baby daddy and a crew member for Marriage Boot Camp, makes any sort of cameo.

Plus, if you know Amber, then you know that she's completely incapable of not bringing the drama, right?

And thanks to this special little sneak peek of what has to be some of her most explosive scenes, we know that she really, really brought it.

The clip begins with sirens and flashing text that reads "Amber Alert," which is in kind of poor taste, considering what Amber Alerts actually are, but we get it.

Next, we see her hitting a punching bag with a baseball bat, then she yells "F-ck you, bitch!" at someone — it looks like her mother.

"Do I look f-cking high?!" she screams at someone else.

Later, Amber tells Brandi Glanville to "shut the f-ck up before I flip this f-cking table against your goddamn head," and while we don't know the context, it does seem to be a bit of an overreaction.

In another scene, this one with Matt, she tells him that he's a "piece of sh-t," to which he responds with an incredulous "really?"

"Why do you think I'm so angry?" she asks. "Because you hit me!"


So there's basically two things this could mean.

One, they did one of those therapeutic exercises that they do on the show, he accidentally hit her during it, and thanks to her clear anger issues during this time, it set her off.

Two, he was physically abusive to her during their relationship.

Unfortunately, there is some evidence to that second option — for example, last summer, right around the time she would have been filming this, she admitted in an Instagram rant that she'd been the victim of domestic violence.

"I've been through domestic violence," she said then. "I was the one on the other f-cking end with the domestic violence — it went both ways."

"However," she added, "I never opened my motherf-cking mouth about anybody ever f-cking hitting me! Anybody! Because that's what a real f-cking woman does!"

"That's what a real woman does. I can f-cking take that!"

Obviously that's not true, and it's really truly awful to state that "real women" don't seek help if they're being abused.

But Simon Saran, Farrah Abraham's sometimes boyfriend, claimed that this was true — he even specified that "Matt has punched her on several occasions."

At the very least, we know that Amber is prone to violent relationships, because we saw her beat Gary Shirley more than once in the early seasons of Teen Mom.

There were also rumors that Amber was abusive to Matt, complete with a photo of Matt's injuries that he claimed were from a separate incident altogether.

It's all very, very suspicious, isn't it?

Check out Amber in action in the video below:

Amber portwood accuses matt baier of abuse on marriage boot camp

Rob Porter’s Ex-Wife Speaks Out: He WILL Abuse Hope Hicks!

It’s tough to keep track of every scandal that emerges from the gaseous swamp of iniquity that is the Trump White House, but nauseating as the task may be, we try to keep up.

This week’s debacle is one that would’ve resulted in a a march on Washington complete with torches and pitch forks if it happened under the Obama administration, but is currently eliciting less furor among Trump’s base than the time 44 wore a tan suit.

Rob Porter

It has to do with Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary who resigned this week amidst allegations that he brutally assaulted both of his ex-wives.

Despite the fact that Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, revealed a photo showing a black eye she’d suffered at the hands of her former husband.

Senior officials were reportedly aware of the allegations against Porter long before they became public, but still defended hm and praised his accomplishments this week:

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly praised Porter as “a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Currently, Porter is dating fellow Hope Hicks, the White House communications director who is known to be one of Trump’s closest advisors.

On Thursday, one of Porter’s battered exes gave a candid interview to CNN in which she cautioned Hicks about Porter’s abusive ways.

“If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will,” Porter’s second wife, Jennie Willoughby, told the outlet.

“Particularly now that he’s under a lot of stress and scrutiny…I don’t think that he has done the self-reflective work to acknowledge this issue.”

Willoughby was married to Porter for four years and says their time together was characterized by “low grade constant terror.”

“He has not gotten help,” she added.

“I don’t think that he has really taken the time to deconstruct why it is that he behaves this way and until he’s able to do that, I don’t know that he has control over it.”

Willoughby filed an emergency protective order against Porter after their first year of marriage.

She shared her harrowing tale of abuse in a 2017 blog post entitled “Why I Stayed.”

Porter reportedly contacted her and asked her to revise the piece in order to “downplay” the abuse.

He has yet to respond to Willoughby’s warning to Hicks.

We’ll have more on this developing story as more information becomes available.


Nicole Eggert Reports Scott Baio to Police for Alleged Sexual Abuse

In a recent interview with Megyn Kelly, Nicole Eggert detailed her accusations against Scott Baio. She accuses him of having sexually abused her “once a week” while she was 14 until she was 17 while the two of them were filming Charles in Charge.

Scott Baio, who is more than a decade older, has repeatedly denied her account, at one point claiming that they had sex once when she was 18, at another point insisting that he’d never seen her off of the set.

Now, Nicole Eggert is taking things a step forward by reporting her accusations to police.

In a statement to Daily News, Nicole Eggert’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, reveals that her client has spoken with the LAPD and shared her accusations of seuxal abuse and molestation towards Scott Baio.

“Nicole answered all of their questions and told her story of sexual abuse by Scott Baio when she was a minor.”

The alleged molestation began when she was 14. Scott Baio is 11 years older than she is.

“We appreciate the Los Angeles police detectives’ interest in this case, and we will fully cooperate with their investigation.”

California’s laws regarding statutes of limitations with respect to child molestation are complicated and have changed multiple times over the decades, but speaking to the police now is not as fruitless as some may assume.

Lisa Bloom’ statement continues:

“Many have reached out to Nicole and me to say that they witnessed inappropriate behavior from Scott Baio when Nicole was underage.”

TMZ notes that Alexander Polinsky confirmed to police that he witnessed some of the alleged sexual abuse. 

Polinsky played Adam Powell on Charles in Charge. According to Nicole Eggert’s accusations, Scott Baio was often touching or groping her on set or pulling her into his lap.

“We provided those names to the police today.”

Having witnesses can be very helpful when someone intends to prove their case.

In case you need a grim refresher, Nicole Eggert describes the first incident with Scott Baio as having taken place in his garage when she was 14.

He would have been 25 at the time.

She says that he digitally penetrated her at the time, which was the start of the alleged sexual abuse that she says happened about once a week until she was 17.

Nicole says that it was when she was 17 that Scott Baio had penetrative sex with her, at which point their inappropriate (and illegal) relationship ended.

On top of the statutory rape allegation, Nicole admits that she was awestruck but also notes that Scott Baio was effectively her boss and allegedly cautioned her that, if anyone found out what they were doing, everyone on the show would lose their jobs.

“I remember her calling me and asking me to come over and coming in my house one time, and seducing me.” 

“Any normal heterosexual, red-blooded American guy, the outcome would have been the same.”

Interesting, Scott Baio went on Good Morning America and claimed that he never even saw Nicole off of the set.

That appears to be an interesting shift in his story.

Also interesting is that Scott Baio has accused Nicole Eggert of changing her story, citing an old interview during which Nicole did not share any upsetting details or suggest that anything untoward had happened with Baio until she was 18.

It’s worth noting that the man who interviewed her at that time confirmed to Megyn Kelly that Nicole became visibly upset after the interview; she had shared with him, off of the air, that she had not described 

Nicole says that, at that time, she simply wasn’t ready to come forward. That is common for survivors of sexual abuse.

So, remember how we said that statute of limitations laws are super complex in California?

When last we checked, their legislature is still debating the right way to go about them when it comes to childhood sexual abuse. It’s an important topic, particularly in a state that houses more than 12% of the US population. That’s a lot of kids, folks.

So, though the law has changed over the years, Nicole Eggert’s specific accusations can potentially go to a criminal trial.

Even though California has a 10 year statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse, the crime can be prosecuted within one year of a survivor telling police, even after the 10 year period.

In case anyone wonders why this might be, it’s because it’s almost unheard of for someone to endure sexual abuse — which most often takes place at the hands of a family member, caretaker, or trusted family friend — until they turn 18, and them promptly march into a police station and report what happened.

Childhood sexual abuse is damaging, and a combination of shame and survival instincts often makes the people who survive it unwilling to talk about it until many years later — if then.

One year is not a long time to build a case, so we’ll see how this pans out for the LAPD investigators.


Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth: Ties to Child Abuse Scandal Exposed

It looks like another scandal is rearing its ugly head for the Duggars, and this one could have lasting and far-reaching consequences for the entire family.

Newlyweds Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth have been linked to a couple with some very extreme views on the use of physical discipline to raise children.

Austin works for his parents, who are proprietors of the Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center.

And it seems that the facility will be hosting two highly controversial guests later this year.

According to its website, Fort Rock will feature appearances by Michael and Debi Pearl in June, and again in October.

The couple travels the country offering seminars on child-rearing, and their critics accuse them of encouraging abuse.

The Pearls advise their followers to strike children as young as 6 months old with switches in order to foster a disciplinary environment.

They go into great detail regarding the materials and dimensions of said switches, advising parents to hit their children with a quarter-inch flexible plumbing line.

In cases in which plumbing line is not available, the Pearls offer alternatives that are also less likely to cause visible bruising and scarring.

In 2011, the Pearls’ controversial book To Train Up A Child was found in the homes of three separate victims who died from child abuse.

For obvious reasons, Duggar fans are not thrilled that Joy-Anna, who’s currently pregnant with her first child, has been tied to the Pearls and their controversial teachings.

But it doesn’t look like her in-laws will be removing the Pearls from their appearance schedule anytime soon.

“Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries are nationally renowned ‘practical family-living’ teachers and authors of books such as To Train Up a Child, Created to Be His Help-Meet, and Jumping Ship,” reads a description on the Fort Rock website.

“This dynamic couple has dedicated their lives to educating families on basic principals of cultivating Godly relationships within the family so that their relationships with God and others can be infinitely more fruitful.”

When Joy-Anna and Austin got married back in May of 2017, little was known about his family, but insiders claimed the Forsyths were every bit as extreme in their views as the Duggars.

Now, it looks as though that may have been a massive understatement,

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


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