Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sat down for an interview to defend themselves and now two of the victims, Jill and Jessa Duggar are speaking out.
In Friday night’s interview two of the Duggar sisters, Jill and Jessa, discussed being victims of brother Josh’s child molestation crimes.
The reality series was pulled from TLC after confirmation of reports that Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls when he was 14- and 15 years-old, including some of his sisters among the victims.
The identity of the Duggar sisters had not been previously released, but Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald officially went on the record at the beginning of the interview Friday night.
Jill explained, “We didn’t choose to come out and tell our story — this wouldn’t have been her first choice — but now that the story has been brought about… As we’ve been seeing these headlines, as we’ve been seeing these things that people have been saying about our family, we felt like, as victims, we have to come out and speak to this. This is something that we chose to do. Nobody asked us to do this… For truth’s sake, we wanted to come out to the record straight.”
They girls confirmed that they were asleep during most of the incidents, but police reports appear to say otherwise.
Jessa stated that she had no idea about the molestation until her parents told her about it, and defended Josh when asked if she felt like a “victim.”
She said, “Well, I think in the case of what Josh did, it was very wrong. I’m not going to justify anything that he did or say it was ok, not permissible, but I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. I’m like that is so overboard and a lie really. I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.
“So I can speak out and I can say this and set the record straight here. Like in Josh’s case, he was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls. And that got him into some trouble. And he made some bad choices, but really the extent of it was mild, inappropriate touching, on fully clothed victims, most of it while girls were sleeping.”
The Duggar sisters insisted that the real victimization was the family private issues being publicized to the world.
Jill said, “I was in tears. I couldn’t believe what was going on… How do they have a right to do this? We’re victims, they can’t do this to us.”
The Duggar sisters told Megyn Kelly that shortly after their parents told them about the molestation by Josh, he apologized to each of them and was sent away for his punishment and Christian-based counseling in Little Rock.
Jill and Jessa said their parents took steps to protect them, includinglocking doors at night, not allowing male babysitters, and banning coed hide-and-seek.
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