Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard opened up on Friday about their brother Josh Duggar and his molestation past.
The sisters told their side of the story to Megyn Kelly on her FOX News show The Kelly Files. They revealed their reactions when they found out they were victims of “inappropriate touching.”
The 19 Kids and Counting stars criticized their brother’s actions, jumped to his defense, and even shed a few tears.
Here are the biggest moments from the girls’ sit-down:
1. Jessa says the media’s coverage is blowing the entire thing out of proportion:
“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 okay. I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester, a pedophile, a rapist. That is so overboard and a lie … I can say this. I was one of the victims … 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 to 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.”
For the record, the police report states that at least two incidents occurred while the victims were awake.
2. The sisters downplayed what happened to them:
“In our case, it’s very mild compared to what happens to some girls.”
“I know so many girls go through things that are way worse.”
3. Jill broke down in tears because she feels the leaked report was “1000 times worse” than the scandal itself:
She cried when she remembered the cover story first running in InTouch:
“I called my husband and I was in tears. I couldn’t believe what was going on. Whenever I heard the police report had been released, I said ‘Why? They don’t have a right to do this? We’re victims. They can’t do that to us.'”
She continued to say the report’s release made her feel like a victim all over again in this clip (below):
4. Jessa describes Josh’s molestation acts as “sly”:
“He knew in his mind, ‘My actions are wrong and I have bad intentions’ but it was very sly, like, ‘the girls didn’t catch on.’ It was like okay, if he catches the girls sleeping it’s like, a quick feel … So for us, we realized it was serious, but it’s not, like, a horror story, or this terrible thing.”
5. Jessa says they would not have supported a prosecution against their brother before the statute of limitation ran out:
“By the time all of that was done, 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. He had not gone down that path for years. He was humble before God, before us.”
6. Jill praises her parents’ actions and even is prepared for future molestations:
“As a mother, now, I look back and I think, you know, ‘My parents did such an amazing job for me’…. As a mom, I hope I can set up the same safeguards in my family that they did.”
7. The girls admit their entire family is stronger than ever:
“This is another struggle that we’re going through, another hard time, but I think it’s bringing our family even closer together. And we’ll make it through this, too.”
“People out there might be stirring things up, but hey. look on the bright side. At least none of us are feuding. At least we’re all in harmony as a family and we all love each other like crazy.
8. The sisters weigh in on the future of the show:
“Life goes on, really. We’re not a TV family. We’re a family that just happened to be on TV.”
“We don’t know at this point.”
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