Amy Duggar, the niece of 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, has said in the past that she had a difficult childhood that involved abuse. Now, she’s finally revealing that her father was her abuser.
In a teaser for an episode of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, Duggar alleges that her father physically abused her, saying, “He picked me up by my throat, all the way up to the ceiling.”
Another teaser clip shows Duggar doing a role-play exercise with Dr. Ish Major, reenacting an experience she had with her allegedly abusive father. Duggar says in the clip, “I can’t do it… I’m done. Get me out of here.”
Duggar went on to reveal, “I’ve already forgiven my dad for the things that have happened in the past and I just feel like, why go there? Like, why do you wanna go there?”
However, the Marriage Boot Camp team seems to disagree. They believe that coming to terms with her past and learning how to deal with her anger will strengthen her relationship with her husband, Dillon King.
“Amy’s coping mechanism is to pretend that everything is always happy in her world,” Dr. Venus Nicolino says in a clip. “It’s how she blocks out the trauma she faced in her childhood.”
“The problem with that is that it’s impossible to keep up the appearance of perfection,” Major says.
“Amy has been scratching the surface of telling Dillion that sometimes, he hurts her,” Nicolino says. “But she swallows a lot of her anger.”
“She does,” Major says. “And when you hide anger from your partner, you end up resenting them.”
In the teaser, Duggar also details the confrontation that led up to her father allegedly grabbing her throat.
“My dad was like, ‘Did you brush your teeth?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, Daddy.’ And he was like, ‘No, you didn’t.’ And he picked me up by my throat, all the way up to the ceiling,” Duggar says. “He was like, ‘You will brush your teeth.'”
This is the first time Duggar has named her abuser.
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