Jim Bob Duggar Claimed Josh Was Sent to Rehab For Porn, Punished Kids For Masturbation

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In the wake of the Josh Duggar sexual abuse scandal, more and more uncomfortable truths about Josh and his family are coming to light.

Somehow, they keep getting progressively more disturbing, too.

Jim Bob and Josh Duggar

We heard first-hand accounts of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar child abuse in the form of using a "rod" to punish their kids for minor offenses.

Shortly thereafter, we learned about the harsh nature of Michelle Duggar's "blanket training" and other controversial parenting methods.

The floodgates are officially open, and what a deluge it's been.

Everyone from former 19 Kids and Counting crew members to fellow residents of Tontitown, Ark., are coming forward with troubling Duggar tales.

The latest? Gawker posted several shocking Duggar stories today, several of which involved Jim Bob and his stance on pre-marital sexual activity.

His supposedly hard-line, yet often hypocritical stance.

One fellow parishioner at the Duggars' church recalls Josh's return from "therapy" after Jim Bob sent him away, supposedly for being caught with pornographic materials:

"Nobody told me he was guilty of sexual molestation. I do remember that he was caught for pornography and being sent away for rehabilitation when he was 17 or so."

"If people look back to when Josh was bald on the show, it was because he was being 'rehabilitated.' The head-shaving was part of the shaming process."

"When Josh returned from his 'porn rehab,' he was brought before the church."

"After Josh gave his 'testimony,' his sisters came up and hugged him and I remember seeing huge, confused tears streaming down their faces."

"I remember being confused about why they seemed to take it so personally ... Now it makes more sense."

Like so many things about this scandal, it most disturbingly does.

Another tipster says her "cousin's husband" worked on the 19 Kids set and offered an alarming account of an incident in which Jim Bob caught one of his sons masturbating:

"One of the older Duggar Boys was caught playing with himself."

"He said that one of his brothers had told on him for being in the bathroom for a few hours one night, worried that he was sick."

"Well to see if he really was, Jim Bob walked in."

"He caught him doing it, and on one of the day’s the cameras were filming. Jim bobs screams made the crew run to where they were filming."

"Immediately they asked him what was wrong. All Jim Could reply was, 'Idle hands are the devil's playthings.'

"Apparently, the whole next day he was supposed to do chores around the house. But, Jim Bob had tied his hands together so that doing anything was nearly impossible."

Tell us if you have a hard time picturing that.

Obviously, there's no excuse or explanation for Josh's reprehensible actions, and there's no one to blame except for Josh Duggar himself.

That said, every new revelation about the Duggars' bizarre approaches to child rearing and sexuality helps shed new light on the situation.

Specifically, the troubling mentality of the authority figures who believed they could handle the situation themselves, and who convinced their children to keep revolting family secrets to themselves for over a decade. 

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