Anna Duggar Comes from Family 'More Extreme' Than '19 Kids and Counting' Family, Divorce Rarely Happens

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Anna Duggar recently learned that her husband, Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame, has an addiction to pornography and had two Ashley Madison accounts. She also learned he cheated on her. Recent reports from a porn star and stripper claim Josh Duggar had rough, unprotected sex with her.

How is Anna Duggar coping?

Most young moms Anna Duggar's age would pack up their children and run--to their parents or siblings, most likely. That isn't the case with Anna Duggar. Her family is even more extreme than the 19 Kids and Counting gang, raised by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar--at least according to People magazine.

Anna Duggar grew up as one of eight children of parents Mike and Suzette Keller. She met Josh Duggar--and the respective parents met, too--at a homeschooling convention in 2006 when she and Josh were teens. Anna and Josh's spiritual upbringing was very much the same.

"Anna and her siblings were always taught that if you follow these 10 steps or whatever, God would bless you," a source close to her explains.

Anna Duggar used to have spunk. A source close to Josh Duggar's family says that has all changed--but long before his recent Ashley Madison scandal.

"Ever since she met [the Duggars] she has acted more like Michelle," the source says. "She talks like her, real soft. She, like, whispers."

Some of Anna Duggar's siblings want her to leave Josh in light of this recent scandal. Brother Daniel Keller recently referred to Josh as a pig. Sadly, those closest to Anna and her family--both sides--don't think that will ever happen. The kind of Christianity they practice (the Duggar family, too) is called patriarchal Christianity, and divorce is rarely even considered.

"I don't think her parents ever thought they would ever come to a situation like this," the source says.

The source goes on to share that Anna's sister Rebecca is going through her own divorce right now.

"They just don't know what to do," the source says of Anna Duggar's parents. "They always taught their kids that divorce was never an option. They never even thought about cheating. But that's not how life works."

Will someone, somewhere convince Anna Duggar to save herself and escape this life of misery she has set herself up for? Or will she continue to seek counsel from her parents and from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who believe they can pray away Josh Duggar's "demons?"

Josh Duggar is now at a rehab facility that deals with all sorts of sin. Called Reformers Unanimous, he will hopefully get he kind of clinical help he needs for his sexually devious ways. It's clear Josh never received the help he needed when Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sent him away after he confessed to sexually molesting five underage girls--four of whom are his own sisters--when he was a teen. Who knows if he will receive the kind of counseling he needs now?

One can only pray that if Anna Duggar can't bring herself to leave him, that Josh Duggar emerges from this program a different man.

Is there any chance of that happening?

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.