Amy Duggar King ‘tried’ to contact Josh’s wife to offer her and their children a place to stay after her court drama

Amy (Duggar) King exclusively tells PEOPLE of her failed attempts to contact her cousin Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna, on several occasions during her trials.

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Amy (Duggar) King isn’t giving up on Anna Duggar.

Anna’s husband, Josh Duggar, has been at the center of much controversy in recent years. He has previously admitted to sexually abusing several young girls – including younger sisters Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald – when he was between 12 and 15 years old. Josh, now 35, also paid a woman from Ashley Madison – a website known for facilitating extramarital affairs – for sex.

But Josh’s arrest and subsequent conviction for receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material was one of his family’s worst scandals. Much of the family, including Anna, remained silent or supportive of Josh – but King insisted it was his duty to speak out.

Related: Amy Duggar King Says She Feels She’s ‘Tolerating’ Abuse If She Doesn’t Speak Out Against Her Family

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And while she strongly condemns Josh’s actions, King has always tried to offer support to his wife, 34.

“With Anna, I tried. I texted, I emailed. I tried, I tried,” King, 36, exclusively told PEOPLE. “I don’t know if her phone is monitored. I don’t know if she turned it off [and] she has a new one. I tried on Instagram, I tried on Twitter. She doesn’t want anything to do with it at all, and that’s her decision.”

King continued, “I understand she has a lot of kids, and I understand she’s in a very broken place, I’m sure. I don’t want to speak for her. I’m sure that’s just heartbreaking, but I don’t necessarily think she sees it yet. I think it’s going to be a really long time. And if she ever reaches out, I’m here for her.”

The former reality TV star details how far she went to support Anna.

“My husband [Dillon] and I was actually talking when this all first came out, and I said, ‘Honey, we have room to fit all these kids and Anna into our house. We have bunk beds, we could do something really cool,” she recalled. “And he was like, ‘You’re right.’ He was like, ‘We could.’ He was like, ‘Let’s go and see what we can do.'”

“I offered it, and that’s really all I can do is hope and pray that she opens her eyes. That’s all you can do,” she said. “Honestly, it sucks. It just sucks because I want to be there and want to help, and it doesn’t have to involve cameras or fame or anything. It’s just family tending hand to the family. Unfortunately, she doesn’t see it.”

Related: Olivia Plath Says New Duggar Family Docuseries Was ‘Triggered To Watch’: ‘It Was My Life’

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And while she was always willing to lend her support to Anna, King wouldn’t extend the same courtesy to her cousin Josh.

“Josh, I’m not going to reach out, honestly, because it’s so heartbreaking. I can’t, I literally can’t and I don’t want to,” she explains. “I’ll be honest. … His hand was stuck and found in the cookie tin with Ashley Madison. His hand was stuck in the cookie tin when the [abuse] stuff about precious sisters [Jill and Jessa] came out of. And his hand was still stuck in the cookie jar during the last scandal, it just took the cake.”

King adds, “It’s so disgusting and so wrong and so evil, and I hate it. It hurts my heart so much. I’m not going to reach out. I’m done with this. It’s so sad. . So for me , I won’t reach out.”

Related: "Bright and Happy People: Secrets of the Duggar Family" – The biggest reveals from Prime Video’s explosive docuseries

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King brought the same determination to Prime Video Shiny Happy People: Secrets of the Duggar Family docuseries, which chronicles the Josh scandals and other controversies surrounding the Duggar family and their super conservative religious beliefs.

Being part of the project was important to King, who wanted to advocate for Institute survivors on the fundamentals of life and its teachings.

“I’m not one to hold back, and I just feel like as I get older my voice gets louder about things,” she says of the choice to appear. “Obviously I prayed about it, I talked to my husband about it, and I was like, ‘I think that’s a really good initiative. It would be in front of a lot of people.’ It’s not about fame or notoriety, it’s literally about injured survivors and how much they survived.”

She concludes: “I watched the documentary the other day, and there are so many people who have come out of so much fear and anxiety and shame. It’s like, ‘You don’t have to live like that.’ So I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

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Shiny Happy People: Secrets of the Duggar Family is now streaming in full on Prime Video.

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