Jill Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald Travel to Ohio for First Public Appearance Since Josh Duggar Sexual Molestation Scandal

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Jill Dillard (nee Duggar) and Jessa Duggar Seewald, along with their husbands, headed off to Ohio this weekend for their first public appearance since the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal broke a few weeks ago. The two couples--along with Derick and Jill Dillard's baby boy Israel--will appear at the ALIVE Christian music festival in Mineral City, Ohio.

This is the first public appearance for the 19 Kids and Counting sisters, who both admitted they were victims of their brother's sexual molestations.

The ALIVE Christian Music Festival is a four-day event that features camping, music, seminars, workshops, children's programs, and more, along with morning worship services every day. Skillet, Toby Mac and Lecrae are among this year's featured musical acts.

Billed on the program at the festival, Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband are listed as 'The Dillards,' and Jessa Duggar Seewald and her husband as 'The Seewalds.' The Duggar name doesn't appear. Josh Duggar and his wife Anna Duggar were supposed to speak at the event as well, but backed out for obvious reasons.

Both Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Dillard returned to social media in the past week--for the first time since word of Josh Duggar's sexual molestations made news.

Jessa Duggar shared photos of the entire gang en route to their Ohio destination this weekend.

"Headed to the ALIVE Christian music festival with @ben_seewald, @jillmdillard @derickdillard & #IsraelDavidDillard! Awesome travel buddies!" she captioned this photo of Derick and Jill Dillard, her and hubby Ben Seewald, and Israel David Dillard.

A photo posted by Jessa Seewald (@jessaseewald) on

Jessa shared an adorable shot of Israel prior to Saturday's event at the music festival.

"This kid is the cutest! Headed to the ALIVE festival this afternoon!" she wrote.

A photo posted by Jessa Seewald (@jessaseewald) on

No one can ever say Jill Dillard and hubby Derick don't make cute babies.

Hopefully Jessa Duggar Seewald, Jill Dillard, and their respective husbands enjoy this time away. They have all been under a great deal of pressure ever since the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal first made news.

Do you expect the 19 Kids and Counting couples will receive a warm reception at the ALIVE Christian Music Festival?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.