Attorneys for Josh Duggar's four sisters say the family members, all under the age of 16 at the time of the investigation, were promised confidentiality during interviews. 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. Arkansas laws forbid police from "disclosing any information related to sexual misconduct involving children".
According to the lawsuit, the four sisters are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against the Arkansas city of Springdale, Arkansas' Washington County, members of the Springdale Police Department and In Touch, alleging they were "revictimized" by the release of the documents that contained "cosmetic redactions" allowing them to be identified as their brother's victims. The Duggar sisters are suing city and police officials for releasing the documents under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) act request, according to TMZ. "It is unfortunate that now, at this late date, the plaintiffs have chosen to file a misguided lawsuit against dedicated public servants and are seeking damages from public tax dollars". 5NewsOnline has the full original statement by the Springdale mayor, which also notes that the police department consulted not only with the city's own attorney, but with multiple other agencies as well before releasing the police report detailing the incidents in the Duggar family home. But, considering that the Duggar family is unique (to put it mildly), it was pretty clear to In Touch Weekly's reporters that the perpetrator was Josh and the victims were his sisters. Josh is the oldest child in the family featured in the now-canceled TLC series "19 Kids and Counting".More news: Brady signs deal to pitch $212K Aston Martin car
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. The suit alleges that the localities violated state and federal privacy laws in releasing the documents. According to the lawsuit it was easy to determine who the victims were based on that information. Instead, they seem to be following the playbook of Hulk Hogan, who brought down Gawker with an invasion-of-privacy claim. They admitted that the allegations were true.
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".