It’s been two years since the Josh Duggar sex scandals shattered the wholesome image his family had worked so hard to cultivate over the years.
While a surprisingly large segment of the Duggars’ fan base has demonstrated a willingness to forgive Josh’s egregious crimes, some members of his family might not be so willing to move on.
Josh molested five young girls–four of whom were his sisters–and yet he was able to avoid criminal prosecution as a result of intervention from his parents.
Remarkably, some of his victims–most notably Jill and Jessa Duggar–have publicly forgiven their older brother.
Others who remember the nightmarish atmosphere of the “Duggar compound” in those days have not been so quick to move on.
Many fans now believe that Jana Duggar has continued to keep Josh at arm’s length, even as those around her have been quick to forget his appalling transgressions.
Unlike her sisters, Jana has not spoken publicly about the scandal, and it is unknown if she was one of Josh’s victims.
But as a surrogate mother to her younger siblings, it stands to reason that Jana would continue to be wary of her predatory older brother.
A video uploaded this week by Josh’s sister, Anna Duggar, has many Duggar obsessives wondering if Jana recently cut off contact with Josh, possibly due to a new transgression.
The clip, which features Josh and Anna’s daughter Meredith, seems designed to tug at Jana’s heartstrings.
“Do you miss Jana?” Anna asks from off camera.
“She’s far away,” Meredith responds.
Apparently believing that Jana is on the phone, Meredith says, “I can’t hear her… Jana, where are you?”
Needless to say, many viewers were moved by the video.
“She is so sweet that made me cry,” commented one follower.
“Awww quick FaceTime Jana because this baby looks too sad!” remarked another.
The comments section quickly erupted with speculation as to why Meredith hasn’t seen her favorite aunt in so long.
Many proposed that Meredith may be missing Jana because the 28-year-old has estranged herself from Josh and, by necessity, his family.
It would be nice to see someone in his inner circle refuse to let Josh off the hook, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that that’s what’s happening here.
The Duggars are currently in Australia, and it seems Jana made the trip along with most of the rest of her family.
In all likelihood, she’ll resume regular contact with Josh and his family upon her return to the States.
It’s bad news for those who would like to see Josh endure some sort of comeuppance.
But on the bright side, it’s good news for little Meredith.
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