Fans of the the Duggar family reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, have taken to Twitter to express support for the Duggar daughters, four of whom were reportedly molested by eldest brother Josh Duggar when they were little girls.
While much attention has been paid to Josh Duggar –who has admitted to sexual improprieties with the girls as well as another young woman who is not a member of the family when he was in his teens– little has been said about the Duggar girls who were victimized.
In their statement to the media, parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — who hushed up the scandal — mentioned “God” six times without mentioning their daughters once.
Fans of the show, and of the daughters in particular, expressed more support for the girls on Twitter, with one advising eldest daughter Jana to “Run away and be free!”
Many noted that some of the daughters seemed to have a darker side on the normally bright and peppy show, and wondered if it was a manifestation of being molested when they were little.
Particular attention is being paid to 25-year-old Jana Duggar, known as “Cinderella Duggar,” because she is unmarried, still lives at home, and is treated like a maid, taking care of the younger Duggars.
A sampling below:
I knew there was something wrong with Jana and Jinger Duggar but couldn’t put a finger on it. Now it all makes sense…#19kidsandcancelled
— Daniel Bradshaw (@DCB316) May 22, 2015
Michelle and Bob Duggar forced 4 of their daughters to continue to live with their rapist. They do not care about family. They are garbage.
— Calvin (@aurosan) May 22, 2015
— audreybpc (@audreyBPC) May 22, 2015
who will join me and @pencilanduke on a rescue mission to kidnap jana duggar and save her from oppression????? lol… i’m kidding. kind of.
— jessica (@jessicakathryn) May 22, 2015
I always felt that Jana Duggar looked depressed & shut down. No wonder she stays home. She needs to protect her littlest siblings.
— Miss Tina (@Miss__Tina) May 22, 2015
What are the odds that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar blame their daughters for Josh Duggar’s actions? Quite high I’d say
— LeftSharkSneak (@word_34) May 22, 2015
None of the Duggar statements mention their daughters. None.
— Jesse Taylor (@jesseltaylor) May 21, 2015
Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joy, run far away from your family and Josh Duggar! The further you are the better. Girls, speak up about this
— Skyler ☀️ (@alwaysafanx) May 22, 2015
@jana_duggar honey this your chance! Run away and be free!! The world welcomes you!!!!
— Cappy (@Cappycann09) May 22, 2015
Jim Bob Duggar required engaged daughters to be chaperoned on dates so they would remain pure before marriage; too bad he didn’t watch Josh
— Hawaii Shira (@HawaiiShira) May 22, 2015
Jana Duggar has been questioned why she’s the oldest Duggar and isn’t courting / married. She recently left home. Probably bc she’s a victim
— laura ❡ (@pixiegurI) May 22, 2015
Katie Walsh (@heyyybrother) seemed to have the right idea:
Run in the night, Jana Duggar! Come to LA, I will take you in and introduce you to weed and feminism!
— Katie Walsh (@heyyybrother) May 21, 2015