At the center of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal is the horrifying fact that five girls were sexually abused. While spirituality can help, HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned from a family therapist that ‘praying’ is not enough and Josh’s victims need ‘intense therapy’ to properly heal.
There’s nothing wrong with having a healthy spiritual relationship, but for the five underage girls that Josh Duggar, 27, molested when he was a teenager, it’s not a substitute for professional medical help. When speaking with a family therapist, HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY learned that everyone Josh’s molested — including his two sisters, Jessa Duggar, 22, and Jill Dillard, 24 — requires “intense therapy” to properly deal with the pain of their sexual abuse.
“Unfortunately it is not so easy to pray the shame and guilt away,” family therapist Steve Ornstein EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com when asked about the possible method’s that Josh’s sisters could use to process and deal with their sexual assault. Steve added that all five of Josh’s victims “will need intense therapy to get through the pain and suffering they must be experiencing.”
Thankfully, it sounds like Jessa and Jill have undergone therapy, as they told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly during their interview that they sought help. “All of the children went through counseling, all of them, not just Josh, not just the victims, all of them went through licensed therapist counseling to try to get through what happened,” reports Us Weekly.
Good! From what it sounds like from Steve Ornstein, they may even need more help. Even the youngest of Josh’s victims will need intense support, as Steve Ornstein told HollywoodLife.com that someone who was five-years old when she was abused will remember being molested. “She will need to be assessed and will have to have treatment, as well as the family,” Steve added.
If the Duggar Girls’ response to their molestation seems like they’re not bothered by it, there’s a reason why. “Victims of this kind of abuse carry a lot guilt and shame that they somehow have some responsibility in what happened to them,” Steve Ornstein EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com, explaining why it seems like the Duggar family is brushing Josh’s sexual assault as if it was nothing.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Josh’s victims got the help they needed?
— Jason Brow, Sandra Clark reporting