Recently, or not, I don't know the exact date that this occured, a website called Ashley Madison got hacked and tons of users of the site, past and present, were revealed, one of which was Josh Duggar.
For those of which don't know (I know I didn't know before all of this came out) Ashley Madison is a Canada-based online dating service and social networking service marketed to people who are married or in a committed relationship. Its slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair." The website was launched in 2001. The name of the site was created from two popular female names, "Ashley" and "Madison".
Now, I know a lot of the blame is on the guys who actually went and used the website for it's purpose, which is obviously affairs or cheating, but some of the blame should be on the people who made the website because if they didn't make it, none of this would be happening right now. Yeah, life is short, but that doesn't mean you should ruin your marriage and hurt your spouse, y'know?
I'm sure the site being hacked and all the people who have used it were revealed, it ruined marriages, relationships, apparently there have been at least a couple of suicides in relation to this. It's disturbing. (for more info on the hack/breach: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Madison_data_breach)
I just don't get why a site like that needed to be created in the first place. If you're going through a tough time with your significant other and you're seriously considering turning to an affair for comfort or whatever, you need to step back and take a look back at yourself and your relationship and have a serious talk with your significant other. Even if you never actually do anything, the fact that you were thinking about it in any way is a reason to seriously talk about this.
Now there's tons of people who have used this site who are fearing public shame, or are losing their marriage, or are even thinking of taking their own life. This site has cost people way more than what, 19 bucks to join or delete your account, which apparently didn't even delete the account from the database which is why past users were exposed as well as the people who were still using the site, so it was also kind of a scam site if you think about it. It's sleazy.
Now, as mentioned above, Josh Duggar, previously shoved in the direct spotlight for having molested 5 girls when he was 14 or 15 years old has now come out, since the hack, as having had an affair and having an Ashley Madison account and having some kind of porn addiction.
I sincerely feel that him winding up in this situation is partly due to the fact that he was never properly educated in the ways of sex education and that he was never properly punished for his actions when he was a teenager. His "curiosity" was never filled, and obviously there's something wrong with his mind that makes him act in this way.
Josh put forth this statement: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.Josh is not only under fire from the public for his actions, but also from Anna's outraged family. Her brother has stated that he will not stop trying to get Josh out of the family for what he did and to be honest, I agree with them for being mad.
I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him."
Even if they don't get divorced, I think she should take some time away from him and take the kids with her and go stay at her parents house for a bit if only to get her mind off of things and figure everything out.
If she does anything, she should do it with the kids in mind so they can have a safe, healthy environment to grow up in and they don't grow up around a father who is always making tremendous mistakes, and Josh should get the proper treatment for his actions this time, which apparently he's checked into a treatment facility now. I hope it's legit and that he can get the help he actually needs. It would be a damn shame if he wound up doing something else down the line.
--------------------------------The news is out now that Jared Fogle, the now former Subway "Eat Fresh" guy, is a pedophile. Jared has admitted that he had sex with at least two minors and obtained child pornography of 12 other children as young as 6 years old, according to shocking federal court documents.
Not only that, but someone he had worked with, Cindy Mills, has come out saying that she alerted Subway YEARS ago in 2008 after Jared had supposedly told her that he had sex with children as young as 9 years old in Thailand, but they did nothing about it. She said that he would tell her that he just likes 'em really young or something along those lines.
Subway apparently disregarded her concerns and willingness to provide proof by saying they've had other reports come in regarding the same thing but not to worry as he had met someone and he seems to love her and that she'll keep him grounded. He was referring to Jared's former wife who has since started to seek a divorce upon hearing the shocking news of what her husband is really like.
As part of a plea deal Fogle signed with prosecutors, Fogle, a married father-of-two (he should not be allowed near his kids at this point), faces between 5 and 12½ years in prison and has agreed to pay $1.4 million restitution to his 14 victims. He also faces a fine of up to $500,000.
Honestly, this whole thing really is sick. I don't blame his wife for leaving him and I hope he gets the longest amount of time in jail that he possibly can and that he has never done anything to his own kids.