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.

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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,

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Grandma the Clown Quits Big Apple Circus Amidst Sex Scandal

The #MeToo movement has come to the big top.

In a disturbing story broken by The New York Times, the man behind one of The Big Apple Circus’ most beloved performers has resigned due to an allegation of sexual misconduct.

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And Barry Lubin has admitted via statement that this allegation is accurate.

The 65-year old quit his post on Friday as a clown who dresses up in pearls and a wig after a 16-year-old aerialist alleged he pressured her into posing for pornographic photos in 2004.

Through his lawyer, Lubin acknowledged the veracity of the claim and simply said in response:

“What I did was wrong, and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

The most famous circus in the nation just completed its annual three-month run at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

It will soon open in Alpharetta, Georgia… but it will do so without Lubin and without the character he portrayed for several years.

According to circus chairman Neil Kahanovitz, a woman named Zoey Dunne leveled her accusation against Lubin in 2012.

However, there was little those associated with the circus could do about it back then because Lubin had actually left the circus.

(Kahanovitz was NOT serving as chairman at the time and says no executive working for the circus when Dunne initially filed her charge is working there now.)

Three months ago, however, Dunne learned that Lubin had returned as Grandma and once again made her complaint known.

She is now 29 years old, married, and pursuing a doctorate in school psychology in Seattle.

“I saw this ad that said ‘Grandma is back!,’” Dunne told The Times on Monday, explaining how she learned of Lubin’s reprisal and adding:

“I almost threw up on the  bus.”


On Friday, Dunne reached out to Kahanovitz and he immediately took action.

Dunne tells the newspaper that she met Lubin when she was touring New England with Circus Smirkus, a youth troupe that Mr. Lubin helped coach as recently as last summer.

Lubin told her at the time that he also wanted her to be a model for his personal photography business.

She agreed and showed up at Lincoln Center, prior to being escorted by Lubin to his trailer.

Lubin proceeded to have Dunne lie down and pose in a bathing suit.

He then asked her to picture Ashton Kutcher, expecting this to lead to a state of arousal for Dunne.

“I felt overwhelmingly sad, not excited,” she tells The Times.

From there, Lubin directed her to change into a thong, spread her legs and hold a paintbrush up to her genital area. He asked her to hike her underpants up to the side.

Dunne complied.

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Lubin paid her $ 100 in cash and warned her not to tell the circus, claiming folks there would be angry that he was doing outside work in their trailer.

This same process then happened a second time, at Lubin’s insistence.

After working as an aerialist for the circus, Dunne quit the industry and drifted for several years.

“I just felt really confused and lost and ashamed,” she says.

During this time, Grandma the Clown became a very popular figure, spraying himself with a hose during shows and eating popcorn out of the hands of audience members.

In his statement, Lubin apologized directly to Dunne, using her maiden name, Phillips.

“I know that what happened has had a lasting impact on her life, for which I am sorry,” he said, concluding:

“I not only failed Ms. Phillips, but I also failed in my responsibility as a man, an adult, a father, and as a representative of the Big Apple Circus.”


Duggar Abuse Scandal: Is Jordyn Showing Signs of Trauma?

Back in May of 2015, the Josh Duggar sex scandals devastated the wholesome public image the 19 Kids and Counting clan had spent years cultivating.

Amazingly, the family was able to make a comeback (sans Josh, of course), but the intervening years have been loaded with controversy, due in part to increased scrutiny of Jim Bob and Michelle’s parenting methods.

Now, fans are concerned that the famously strict parents are mistreating their 9-year-old daughter, Jordyn Duggar.

The speculation comes as a result of an odd video posted by the Duggars in celebration of Jordyn’s recent birthday.

The clip, which appeared yesterday on the Duggars’ official Facebook page, shows Jordyn standing on a chair as her family sings her praises.

“Jordyn, we love you so much. You’re such a special girl,” Jim Bob tells his visibly uncomfortable daughter.

From there, Michelle takes over and tells the tale of finding Jordyn’s birthday outfit at a “really ginormous thrift store,” which she credits God for recommending.

In Touch Weekly observed that Jordyn “looks totally scared and covers her chest while her dad grips her shoulders, and flinches every time her mom touches her.”

That may sound like an exaggeration, but the girl does seem rather nervous and out of sorts in the clip.

Several fans rushed to the Duggars’ defense, suggesting that Jordyn might not have enjoyed being the center of attention:

“I suspect Jordyn is a bit shy and a little embarrassed at all the attention. She cracked a few sweet, teeny smiles — especially for her daddy,” one fan commented.

“She’s just a very shy young girl. There is nothing sinister going on in the home. She loves her parents very much, and was not pulling away from them,” another remarked.

“She was standing on a chair, and possibly felt unstable on it. Why are people so nasty and assume the worst?”

On its own, the clip may seem innocent, but coming as it does amidst a slew of Duggar parenting scandals, the situation is raising a lot of red flags, especially amongst those who were already critical of the family.

Obviously, the video doesn’t capture any behavior that could be described as abusive (unless the Jesus-centric birthday song meets your definition), but many feel that Jordyn is showing signs of having recently suffered some sort of trauma.

Of particular concern is the fact that she seems to shy away from her parents and avoid physical contact.

If this were a photo of an anonymous child and her unknown parents, it’s likely that Jordyn’s body language would be attributed to bashfulness.

But knowing what we know about the Duggars, it’s impossible not to look for signs of abuse, and many fans figure it’s best to err on the side of caution and call the parents out at every opportunity.

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