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Jinger Duggar Vuolo shared with an upgrade on her maternity using a picture she took to societal websites, displaying a little baby bump while on her second trimester. "Baby Vuolo is climbing," she composed on Instagram, including such hashtags such as, "15 months" and "baby bulge" The 24-year-old "pregnant mama" is seen posing with a blackboard behind her, along with her week-by-week development and "infant is the size of an apple" Our Social Media: Twitter: https://goo.gl/6csyaj Facebook: https://goo.gl/Ji7CDY Instagram: https://goo.gl/7UZAnG
It's easy to dismiss the Duggars as being a big, eccentric reality TV family with some pretty strict views on purity and marriage, but what many people don't know are the ties the family has to a controversial ministry. The Duggars are followers of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a non-denominational religious organization that former members have flat-out called "a cult." IBLP's founder, Bill Gothard, was even accused of sexual assault back in 2014, but that still hasn't stopped the Duggars from speaking at his yearly conferences, igniting new interest in Bill's teachings that, for former followers of IBLP, is downright scary. Although the Duggars portray a picture-perfect image of family togetherness in public, survivors who were raised in the same ministry as the TV family say the reality is a lot less wholesome. In order to truly understand, we reached out to former followers of IBLP/ATI to share their experiences and discuss how harmful its teachings are, and get their advice on what they'd say to the women of the Duggar family. Their stories vary, but all of them have one thing in common: that Gothard's teachings have left a lot of people, especially young women, feeling trapped. Emily's Story Although "Emily," who didn't want her real name published, didn't grow up as an official member of ATI, its damaging teachings affected her deeply throughout her life. Her family attended a church that was full of ATI members who repeated many of the same lessons that Gothard taught. "I internalized all of the ideas. It wasn’t until I was older and started talking to my mom about what I had experienced did she realize the amount of damage it all had on me," she told us in an email. "The damage has left huge scars on my life. I found myself afraid of people. I became a shell of a girl — someone who was afraid of people getting angry at her. I hid in the bathroom (since that door locked) some days and just wished that I could disappear." The pressure to be perfect bred "hidden pain." Because ATI stresses the importance of being flawless to a degree that no human can realistically adhere to, Emily constantly felt she had to look perfect, from dressing modestly to even feeling like a "horrible slut" for simply buying yoga pants. "This cult stresses the idea that we must be perfect or else we are somehow less than," she said. However, she said "courting," the act of allowing parents to interview and choose who you'll marry, is the rule that still haunts her today. "I signed a contract with my dad about not courting or marrying anyone that he did not approve of when I was 13," she said. "The damage of this is huge. It causes a lot of shame, even if all you’ve done is think a guy is cute without your dad’s approval." Women have no access to God — only the husbands do. "Women are second-class citizens," she said. "There's no doubt about it." In addition to being shamed into skirts and being blamed for their own sexual abuse, Emily said women in ATI are also taught to step back and encourage the men to be leaders. "I was always good at school and good at public speaking, but I always felt second to the boys," she said. "Often I was smarter and more capable for a leadership position, but I was told to encourage the boys to lead instead. I felt small. Eventually, I started to make myself more docile and submissive. I thought it was what God wanted from me. I thought that it was a measure of my devotion to God how much I submitted. I felt less than everyone around me and it hurt my confidence." "It is a culture of abuse and cover-ups." Because women had so little rights, abuse ran rampant, according to Emily, who said she was punished for "everything you can imagine." She said other children in ATI had their wills broken through physical punishment, isolation, and even sleep deprivation. "The adults were trapped in a stressful situation and often took it out on the kids," she said. "There were a lot of kids that were abused and no one did anything." She didn't realize she was raised in a cult until last year. Because Emily was never an official ATI member, she never technically "left." But after she went to college, she gradually realized her upbringing wasn't normal. "It wasn’t until November 2017 that a friend from those circles opened up to me about her experience," she said. "I started to realize how twisted it all was. Once I knew the truth and the fog no longer blinded me, I could not stay involved in any way." Although Emily has had a lot of support and help via Facebook communities like ATISS, a group for former followers of ATI, she says she still suffers from PTSD, nightmares, and flashbacks from her experience. "I am scared that people are going to find out that I am talking about what happened and come and get me."
RealityTVserieS ‘Counting On’ Set To Premiere New Season Days After Joy-Anna Duggar’s Due Date TLC is capitalizing on Joy-Anna Duggar's pregnancy in a perfectly timed season premiere. Duggar fans have been waiting for what seems like forever for a new season of Counting On. With three new grandchildren on the way, there is plenty of excitement. Joy-Anna Duggar is due the soonest, with a roughly estimated due date of February 22. She married Austin Forsyth in May, and the two are reportedly expecting a honeymoon baby. The gender of the child has not been revealed to the public, but fans believe it will be a little girl. Counting On will return on February 26, which is four days after Joy-Anna Duggar is due to give birth. There has been some talk about this being perfect timing for the network. With Jill Duggar reportedly not returning and the other grandchildren due later, Joy-Anna is going to draw in the ratings for TLC. Of course, the due date that is circulating around social media is based on a leaked baby registry. This isn’t a new tactic for the couple who leaked their wedding registry with a completely bogus date. According to In Touch Weekly, Duggar fans are on standby for when Joy-Anna actually does give birth. The baby watch countdown has officially begun. TLC generally does a special show during each season, sometimes more than one. Counting On has featured weddings and the birth of the Duggar grandchildren as well. If Joy-Anna Duggar gives birth in time, the network can have the episode edited to go along with the new season. With all of the new babies due to arrive in 2018 and the announcement of a new courtship, there is plenty of material to keep the show running for at least a few more seasons. Rumors have swirled about this pregnancy since Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth announced they were expecting. Premarital sex has been thrown around, though it appears the baby was conceived while on their honeymoon. Duggar fans have been battling with critics over the allegations, but no comment has been made by the family. It has also been said that Duggar may have already given birth, but that is likely not the case. They generally sell the announcement to a publication for compensation. At this point, there have been no birth announcements from Joy-Anna Duggar or Austin Forsyth.
Some call a chaperon! Counting On is coming back, and with it a few fresh stirrings of all Duggar desire.At a trailer for the upcoming season, that premieres Feb. 26 in 9 p.m. ET on TLC, the rigorous spiritual family deals with PDA and also the demand for much more chaperons as their kids begin growing up. Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell, that are currently expecting their first child together, are set to tie the knot within this forthcoming season, though their marriage has been revealed at a unique episode of this series last year. However, as their participation brings with it parental consent to hold hand and provide unwanted hugs, Caldwell admits it also attracts temptation. Our Social Media: Twitter: https://goo.gl/6csyaj Facebook: https://goo.gl/Ji7CDY Instagram: https://goo.gl/7UZAnG
Counting On star Jinger Duggar Vuolo – who lives in Laredo, Texas with her husband Jeremy Vuolo – recently visited her famous family in their home state of Arkansas, and many fans are sure that the visit means a big announcement is on the way.
Jinger announced last month that she is expecting her first child this summer, so could she be back in her hometown for a gender reveal?
“OMG Jinger has to be in AK to reveal the sex of her baby! I’m sooo excited!” wrote one fan on Instagram, while another theorized that it had to be a gender reveal because she isn’t likely to do it without her family.
Most fans believe they will soon find out if baby Vuolo is a boy or a girl, but there are some with a different theory. There is the hypothesis that Jinger’s sister Jessa Duggar Seewald is expecting baby number three, and she is in town for some sister time before their babies arrive.
Jessa already has two sons, Spurgeon, 2, and Henry, 12 months, with her husband, Ben Seewald. And, fans have noticed that it has been a while since she has shared a full body shot on social media.
Jessa and Jinger are extremely close, so it would make sense for Jinger to be in town if her sister was about to announce another pregnancy. Either way – a gender reveal or a pregnancy announcement – it is sure to be an exciting time in the Duggar household.
Jinger has been a little more low-key with her pregnancy updates. She did post a baby bump pic at 15 weeks, but since then updates have been scarce.
Fans are constantly asking for more bump updates, even though it is a little weird to ask someone to share parts of their body, regardless of whether they are pregnant or not.
Most of the Duggar women have a history of regularly sharing pregnancy updates (except Joy-Anna, of course) but it isn’t yet clear if Jinger plans on carrying on the tradition.
Since her announcement, fans of the reality star now expect every pic to put her pregnancy front and center, and when she doesn’t, it makes headlines.
In a recent photo posted on social media of Jinger and Jeremy goofing around at The Varsity restaurant, one publication accused her of hiding her baby bump from the public.
However, the criticism doesn’t seem to faze the couple. They were the only ones to wait more than a year after marriage to get pregnant, and now that a baby is on the way, they are too happy to care what people say. Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo return on new episodes of Counting On, February 26 on TLC.