In 2015, In Touch magazine got their hands on a police report showing an investigation into Josh Duggar from 2006, for molesting girls. Jessa Duggar Tries To Protect Jinger Duggar From Pregnancy Questions After Struggling With Weight Worries https://t.co/hQUyRvGeDu pic.twitter.com/SqFVKylofg - Celebrity News (@UpdatedCeleb) May 14, 2017 The Duggar sisters are correct in that the police should not (and generally don't) reveal the names of child victims of crimes, in particular child victims of sex crimes. They say that under Arkansas law, information collected involving minors is not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Four relatives tied to a sexual-abuse investigation into Josh Duggar are suing authorities in Arkansas as well as a magazine publisher, claiming that they improperly released sensitive information. Police promised the sisters, who were all minors at the time, that their statements would remain confidential and would not be disclosed to the public.
Government officials redacted information from the offense report and incident report before releasing the documents, attorneys said, but left ample information available to identify the victims, the sisters' attorneys said. According to the lawsuit, they are seeking relief and damages for invasion of privacy.
Two years after Josh Duggar's molestation accusations surfaced, his four sisters are suing an Arkansas police department and In Touch magazine for leaking their private documents. The Duggar family were stars of the now-canceled 19 Kids and Counting television show.
Various government officials in office in May of 2015 when the documents were released are named individually in the lawsuit, including the Springdale, Ark., police chief and city attorney, a Washington County sheriff's major, and the attorney for Washington County. Josh was also forced to enter a rehab program.
Two of the sisters, Dillard and Seewald, are now featured in the reality television show, "Jill & Jessa: Counting On", that debuted in March, 2016 on TLC. In Touch said that when it broke the news in May of 2015, it did not name the Duggar sisters as victims. But Jill Duggar rejected In Touch's claim that it was the sisters who revealed they were among the victims in the molestation case. The tabloid said the identity of the victims was not publicly known until the sisters admitted in an interview that they were among the victims in the case.
They both railed against all the reporting at the time, stating that the focus was tantamount to a "re-victimization that's even a thousand times worse". "We didn't choose to come out and tell our stories", she countered.