Over the past several weeks, the Duggar family has encountered its fair
share of unwanted publicity. According to a newly discovered police report,
Josh Duggar, now twenty-seven years old and the oldest child in TLC’s
Nineteen Kids and Counting, went to his parents at the age of fourteen and admitted to sexually abusing
several children, including two of his younger sisters. The media frenzy
following the discovery was expected and numerous questions were raised.
The actions of Josh Duggar were undoubtedly reprehensible, which Josh
Duggar himself acknowledged in a public statement following the story’s
outbreak. However, it is unclear whether Josh’s parents could have
handled the situation differently upon his disclosure.
Many times, the accuser and the alleged perpetrator live under the same
roof, which was the case with the Duggars. When allegations of this nature
arise, it often puts the entire family in a difficult position: the family
attempts to address the alleged-victim’s concerns and put an end
to any possible wrongdoing while simultaneously protecting the alleged
perpetrator’s interests. Many times the family may only be able
help the potential victim by sacrificing the needs of the alleged abuser.
The stalemate presented above exemplifies why serious allegations are often
mishandled or remain unreported. Until families are given other options
which do not require them to essentially choose between two loved ones,
families are left with the stresses of dealing cautiously with the criminal
justice system, making the need for an attorney an unfortunate but necessary
step in the process.
The attorneys at Bleile & Dawson are extremely knowledgeable in
criminal law in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Whether we
are providing our clients with legal advice or defending them against
wrongful accusations, we provide our clients with the representation that
they are not only entitled to, but deserve. Contact us today for a completely
confidential consultation at (513) 399-5945. We will be there every step
of the way.