Duggar Family Members Break Silence in Interview

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Jun 07, 2015 3:40 PM
Duggar Family Members Break Silence in Interview

The fallout from Josh Duggar's molestation admissions continues as the fate of the show hangs in limbo and the family's values are scrutinized by the media. Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, along with two of his sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald (who came forward as two of Josh's victims) spoke with Fox News' Megyn Kelly about the bombshell admissions and any possible legal action towards the police department who released the report. Dillard and Seewald both said that they forgave their brother for his actions, and that he is not a rapist nor a pedophile.

Dillard and Seewald said they were unaware that Josh had molested them until they were informed as such by their parents. Seewald was 10 and Dillard was 12 at the time of the abuse, and both said that they received counseling afterwards.

From USA Today:

Dillard, who was 12 at the time of the molestation, said, "I was shocked. And I'm sad because this is my older brother who I love a lot. I was angry at first. I was like, 'How could that happen?' "

Seewald said she was 9 or 10 years old during the situation. "In Josh's case, he was a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls. And that got him into some trouble," she said.

The women said that their parents put up safeguards in the home, including not allowing the boys to babysit, locking doors at night, not playing hide-and-seek or being alone with each other.

Echoing what their parents said in an earlier interview, both Dillard and Seewald wondered how the report was legally released. Both agreed that the media attention today was a "thousand times worse" than the actual molestation.

TLC, the network that broadcasts the Duggar family's reality show "19 Kids and Counting," has not yet released a statement about the show, but has pulled all repeats from the schedule. Several advertisers have pulled their ads from the show as well.