Amy Duggar made a public statement the same day conservative presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared the family's molestation scandal "sickening"

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
May 29, 2015 12:40 PM
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The famously conservative Duggars seemed to be models of wholesome family life, but son Josh was hiding a dark past: He allegedly molested five young girls as a teen. Subscribe now for an inside look at the Duggars’ dark family secrets, only in PEOPLE.

Josh Duggar‘s first cousin obliquely addressed the molestation scandal rocking her extended family this month, posting a note on social media with a simple message: “Never stop praying.”

“No matter what happens in life our prayers are heard. Pray for your enemies. Pray for people who judge you and mistreat you. Pray for God’s will in every aspect of your life,” she captioned an image of the words “Never stop praying” on Instagram Thursday.

The message comes toward the end of a difficult week for the 19 Kids and Counting clan after allegations surfaced that Josh Duggar, now 27, molested five underage girls when he was a young teen. TLC has temporarily pulled all episodes of the reality show, and numerous advertisers have stated they will not allow their ads to run on the show if it returns.

The family also failed to receive public support from presidential candidate Rick Santorum this week, despite campaigning for the conservative former Pennsylvania senator when he previously ran for president in 2012. At the time, the family recorded a nearly three-minute ad that had various family members – including Josh – praising him for his positions on welfare reform, gun control, abortion and more.

“I was sickened by it. I was just sickened by it,” Santorum, 57, told George Stephanopoulos in a Good Morning America interview Thursday. “I pray for those girls in particular. To have gone through that is … just hard to think about.”

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Santorum is far from the only public person to speak out against the conservative Arkansas family. Earlier this week, Bette Midler denounced Josh on Twitter.

“Josh Duggar resigned from an anti-gay ‘family’ group due to molestation allegations,” the actress, 69, wrote. “Kids, is there anything more delicious than irony?”

Andy Cohen and Montel Williams have also spoken out against Josh, although he continues to receive support from Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a former governor of their home state of Arkansas.

“Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family,” Huckabee, 59, wrote on his Facebook page last Friday. “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities.”

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