Anna Duggar: Will Josh Duggar Sexual Molestation Scandal Destroy Their Marriage?

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Anna Duggar is at the center of the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal. When word broke in the media about what the 19 Kids and Counting son did to four of his sisters, Anna Duggar issued a statement saying she supported her husband.

“I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn’t know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was--even very difficult past mistakes,” her statement read.

Now OK! reports that the scandal is seriously wearing Anna Duggar down. She is reportedly humiliated and discouraged by the events that have taken place since the media got wind of Josh Duggar's past transgressions. Anna is feeling 'trapped.' Sources are speculating this could destroy Josh and Anna Duggar's marriage.

An insider has told OK! magazine that Anna Duggar didn't understand the seriousness of what her husband did, or that he was a teenager when the sexual molestations occurred.

Josh Duggar sexually molested five underage females when he was between 13 and 14 years old. Four of them were his sisters. On a Wednesday night interview with The Kelly File's Megyn Kelly, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar admitted that daughters Jill and Jessa Duggar were among Josh Duggar's victims. It is likely that Jana Duggar and Jinger Duggar--given their ages at the time the molestations took place--were his victims, too. Josh also sexually molested one underage female from outside the 19 Kids and Counting family.

Anna Duggar is in a difficult spot. Pregnant with the couple's fourth child and due in July, she is busy with three small children at home. She is also enduring a very sudden move from a luxury apartment in Washington, D.C., where Josh worked for the Family Research Council, and subsequently resigned, to a foreclosed home the couple bought in Arkansas back in January.

Do you expect this sexual molestation scandal might result in the demise of Josh and Anna Duggar's marriage? Or will she cling to her strong Christians beliefs and stick by her husband no matter what is dredged up from his past?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.