It's a new year and a new scandal for the Duggar family. A new report says 10 women have charged a homeschool leader with significant Duggar ties with sexual abuse.
According to Gawker on Thursday, Bill Gothard, who is the former president of the Institute of Basic Life Principles, have filed a lawsuit claiming that he and his "leaders in the ministry are responsible for sexual abuse, harassment and cover-up."
Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
A copy of the lawsuit from one of the plaintiff's lawyers states, "One of the Jane Doe plaintiffs in the lawsuit alleges that she was raped by her father and other relatives and says she was sold by her father through human trafficking when she was a minor. She said she reported the abuse and trafficking to IBLP staff, which failed to report to authorities."
The lawsuit also says, "The Jane Doe then alleges that Gothard had sexual intercourse with her without her consent, saying she notified IBLP of the rape through an email in 2013. She alleges that an IBLP-employed counselor also raped her in his office at an IBLP training center in Indianapolis. David Gibbs III, the plaintiffs' lawyer, said she is not sure how old she was at the time of the alleged rapes, but was likely around 17 or 18 years old. Another woman in the lawsuit, Ruth Copley Burger, who was the adopted daughter of the counselor in question, alleges that her father sexually molested her."
Gothard was forced to step down from his role at the institute back in March of 2014 after over 30 women came forward claiming that they were sexually abused by him.
While the Duggars have so far made no comments about the scandal, they are major proponents of Gothard's homeschool curriculum.