Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard spoke with Fox’s Megyn Kellyn on The Kelly File Friday night about their brother Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation scandal. The sisters explained that what happened to them was very mild compared to what happens to many victims of sexual molestation.
“I was one of the victims so I can speak out,” Jessa Duggar said. “In Josh’s case, he was a boy, young boy in puberty, and a little too curious about girls and that got him into some trouble,” she said. “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.”
“We didn’t even know about it until he went and confessed it to our parents,” Jill Duggar Dillard said. She added that what happened to her was “very mild compared to what happened to some.”
“So many girls go through things that are a lot worse,” Jessa added.
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Jessa Duggar Dillard believes her brother Josh Duggar had undergone a big change when he returned from counseling following the sexual molestations.
“I think by the time that … the report was made and everything, it was very obvious to everyone, us and our family, friends, officials that Josh was a completely changed person,” she said. “He had not gone down that path for years. He was humble before God, before us, before the officials that were involved.”
Both Jill and Jessa Duggar have forgiven their brother. They are far more upset by the media these days than by what their brother did to them all those years ago.
“I see it as a revictimization that’s even a thousand times worse” than the molestation, Jill said. “Because this is something that was already dealt with. We’ve already forgiven Josh. We’ve already moved on.”
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Josh Duggar and his wife Anna, along with their children, were reportedly packing up to move from their home near Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, where he once worked for the Family Research Council. They are heading back to Arkansas. They were being assisted by Kate Gosselin’s bodyguard, Steve Neild.