The past year has filled people with shock and disgust, as the truth about some famous males has been revealed. Bill Cosby and Jared Fogle top the list. These men have abused and sexually assaulted kids and women. The lives of many victims have been shattered, as well as our trust.

Jared Fogle

Famous for losing weight by following the Subway diet, viewers saw before and after pictures of Fogle’s weight loss.

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What people did not see was Fogle’s penchant for underage girls. Within the past 8 years, Fogle has planned and paid to have sex with underage girls. He is pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. According to a Washington Post article, Fogle agreed to serve 5 years in jail and to pay $100,000 to each of his 14 victims for their psychological treatment and other help.

Bill Cosby

In one of the biggest scandals to hit a television father, Bill Cosby’s reputation has been ruined.

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Over the past 4 decades, close to 50 women claim to have been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby. With these women telling many similar stories, the image of a fun loving, comical, and kind man that we thought that we knew has crumbled. Supporters Jill Scott and Whoopi Goldberg have lost faith in him after unsealed court documents revealed that Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to women with the intention of having sex with them.

Cosby is also being charged with abusing a minor, a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her when she was only 15 years old. While Cosby has denied raping any adult and underage women, he has admitted to cheating on his wife. At this point, the comedian and actor does not have many supporters left. In October, Cosby will give his written statement about the incident with the 15-year old girl.

Josh Duggar

One of the 19 sons on the reality television show “The Duggars” admitted to molesting 5 young girls when he was a teenager earlier this year, including four of Duggar’s sisters. Because the statute of limitations has expired, nothing can legally be done about his crime. Duggar’s parents knew about his actions and supposedly sought the police and counseling for him. Even though Duggar claims to have repented for his sins, many feel that he should be behind bars.

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The permanent damage to his victims is already done. It does not appear that Duggar has learned his lesson or has changed his ways. This past month, news came out that Duggar had cheated on his wife and registered for an online dating site. Repentance should not be equated with change.

Stephen Collins

He shocked the nation last year after it was revealed that he had molested three young girls. Collins, who played a pastor and dad on the show '7th Heaven' was audiotaped in a counseling session by his ex-wife Faye Grant in which he admitted to child molestation.

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What has appalled viewers just as much was Collins’ interview with Katie Couric. While Collins admitted to Couric that he has exposed himself to young girls in the 80’s and confessed to touching a girl inappropriately, he denies that he is a pedophile. Collins seemed to support his behavior by stating that an older woman exposed herself to him when he was an adolescent. The television pastor that the world knew has taken a permanent fall. However, the statute of limitations has expired for these three girls, Collins unable to be prosecuted for his actions.

While Cosby, Collins, Fogle, and Duggar’s actions have blindsided many people at least the truth is finally out. 

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