Can you believe that there is more sex scandal news in connection with the Duggars? According to Radar Online, Oct. 27, 2015, it involves another member named in the lawsuit that five women have filed against the Institute of Basic Life Principles, an organization that the Duggar family is a part of. The lawsuit alleges that the board of directors enabled and covered u sexual abuse of interns, employees, and other people taking part in the programs offered by the Institute of Basic Life Principles. Gil Bates, a director of the Institute of Basic Principles in Dallas, Texas is named in the lawsuit. Like Jim Bob Duggar, Gil is also a father of 19 kids and his son Lawson is courting Jinger Duggar.
Gretchen Wilkinson, Charis Barker, Rachel Frost, Rachel Lees, and a Jane Doe have filed a lawsuit in Illinois DuPage County Circuit Court against the Institute in Basic Life Principles, Inc., John Stancil, Anthony Burrus, Gil Bates, Timothy Levendusky, Charles Stephen Paine, Jr., and David York. The lawsuit states that each of the women were victims of “sexual abuse, sexual harassment and inappropriate/unauthorized touching, many times while they were minors, at the hand of the IBLP, by and through its agents and employees, and suffered as a result thereof.” The women claim that the named members were aware of the incidents because the women reported it to them, and for of the women wrote letters and published them on the Recovering Grace website. Their letters can be found Exploited Innocence: Sexual Harassment at HQ Part One, and the continuation of that letter Sexual Harassment Part 2: “Aren’t you making too big an issue of this?”, and Third Witness: Sexual Harassment at Head Quarters, along with A Call to Repentance, and alsoAnother Witness; Sexual Harassment at Head Quarters.
The victims are asking for around $750,000 plus court costs. However, this isn’t the first time that sexual allegations have been brought against the Institute of Basic Life Principles. Founder Bill Gothard was forced to resign as the long-time president when over 30 women and teens accused him of sexual harassment. Bill, another good friend of the Duggars, spoke out when news broke that Josh Duggar molested his four sisters and a babysitter. Bill apparently didn’t see anything wrong with what happened as he claimed that Josh was only a teenage boy curious about such things. What do you think about all their ties with people who commit sexual crimes against women while professing to be strict Christians? Post your thoughts below in the comment section.