A former member of the fundamentalist Christian cult ATI/IBLP has taken to Reddit to expose the horrific practices used by some members. This organization is also the Duggar family church; and while there is no evidence the reality stars have anything to do with the alleged behavior, they do associate with a controversial group that encourages followers to do questionable things.
According to In Touch Weekly, the celebrity magazine that exposed the Josh Duggar scandal back in 2015, the behind-scenes-horror of life at the Institute in Basic Life Principles and their ATI teachings, both founded by Bill Gothard, included abuse and mind control.
He alleges that Gothard sexually abused more than fifty women, and that’s just “scratching the surface.” The anonymous source also says he was a victim of abuse at the hands of his dad and sisters, but there was nothing he could do about it because of the church’s familial hierarchy.
The church teaches that the father is on top, followed by the mother, and then the children in order of birth. The former church member says because he was the youngest, he was powerless.
He revealed that his father twisted Bible verses to justify rape and death threats, and the fact that ATI is a homeschooling cult made it easy to hide abuse from prying eyes. He called his home a prison for 11 years before his dad died of a heart attack.
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Two years later, at the age of 13, he says he faced another nightmare when his mother sent him to a secret program called The Log Cabin Program for controversial treatment. His mother accused him of being a troubled child because he resisted his father’s advances, suffered from depression and dared to ask questions.
He said the “residential child care facility” subjected him to two years of brainwashing, torture, starvation, and sleep deprivation. He adds that he lost 40 pounds during his first two months, and the former church member had to clean on his hands and knees until his knuckles cracked and fingers bled.
The Quiverfull religious movement — which the Duggars have denied being a part of but preaches doctrine and beliefs identical to what the reality family professes to believe in — continues to suffer from tales like the anonymous Reddit user wrote and many consider it to be a cult.