Survivor advocate Rachael Denhollander has called Josh Duggar’s case “a glaring example of the problems we have in our legal system, and especially in conservative culture.” Denhollander believes that that in Duggar’s community, evangelical teachings about gender roles, including the doctrine of submission, are being twisted to protect a sexual predator.
“Until our theology changes to actually reflect Scripture, we shouldn’t be surprised at any of this,” she said. “It’s a story I see every single day. It’s wicked. It’s evil. And it’s long past time that we called it that – not just the abuse, but the twisted theology that fuels it.”
Correction: An earlier version of this article said that Josh Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison instead of a total of 40 years.