Up until the May 2015, I was one of the millions of Americans who watched the weekly ongoings of The Duggar family. It was not until the news broke of the Josh Duggar’s scandal that it dawned on me. Anna Duggar, his wife and mother of his four young children, is not much older than I am. Right now she’s at a crossroads in her life that will determine not only her future, but the ones of her babies. As someone who has never met her but feels for her from woman to woman, this is an open letter encouraging her to call this her Independence Day.
There are no words for the emotional turmoil you’ve endured this summer. For the past three months, your husband and family have been blasted across the airwaves. Not because another was another Duggar was born or a wedding reception without liquor was being held.
The history of your husband’s child molestation past was brought out from the depths of the Duggar family closet into front pages of newspapers and internet screens overnight. After reactions of disgust towards his actions, strangers from across the world flocked online to judge your decision to marry Josh Duggar despite knowing the transgressions. Would most women have made the same choice as you to still accept this man as a spouse despite knowing what he was capable of doing? No, but it could be seen as valid point since it had happened prior to your relationship and that there were assurance of redemption. Continue reading