The Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal was front and center on Friday night as Fox’s Megyn Kelly shared her second part of an interview with the 19 Kids and Counting family on The Kelly File. Friday night’s segment highlighted her conversation with sisters Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald–both admitted victims of Josh Duggar, who believe the media’s attack on their family is revictimization–and far worse than what happened to them at the hands of their brother all those years ago.
“I see it as a revictimization that’s even 1,000 times worse,” Jill Duggar Dillard said.
Jill explained that neither she nor Jessa Duggar Seewald wanted to appear on camera talking about this family crisis that occurred many years ago, but they felt they needed to do so to ‘set the record straight.’
“This is something like we chose to do, nobody asked us to do this,” Dillard said.
“Most of the stuff out there is lies,” she added. “It’s not the truth.”
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Jessa Duggar came to Josh Duggar’s defense, saying people shouldn’t be referring to him as a child molester Josh Duggar is a husband and father. He and wife Anna Duggar have three children, with a fourth due in July.
“I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist,” she said, “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.”
During their interview with Megyn Kelly, both Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald explained that they were unaware Josh Duggar had sexually molested them until their parents explained to them privately–one at a time–exactly what had happened. Jill was 12 at the time. Jessa was nine or 10, she explained.
“My parents took [us] aside individually, and they said here’s what’s happened and of course at that point, you’re like, ohh, you’re shocked, you know,” Jessa Duggar said.
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Josh Duggar sexually molested three other young girls. Two more are said to be siblings of Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald. Most believe sisters Jana Duggar and Jinger Duggar were also molested, as was one young girl who isn’t related to the 19 Kids and Counting family. Apparently none of these other victims chose to speak out about the incident.
Will TLC put 19 Kids and Counting back on the air or will they go ahead with tentative plans for a spinoff. Rumor has it they are considering filming a new show–2 Brides and Their Grooms–starring Jill and Jessa Duggar and their husbands, Derick Dillard and Ben Seewald. This will eliminate Josh Duggar from the show completely, and use Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sparingly, as many still disagree with the way they handled Josh’s sexual molestation incidents.
What’s your take on the entire Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal now that his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, as well as sisters, Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald, have shared their accounts of the family’s history that has been rehashed in the media?
Can you understand Jill Duggar’s comment that bringing this out now has revictimized not just her, but Josh Duggar’s other victims as well?