The Duggar child molesting scandal took another bizarre turn Friday when Fox News aired a second interview with members of the Duggar family — Jill Duggar Dillard, 24, and Jessa Duggar Seewald, 22 — both victims of sexual molestation by older brother Josh Duggar when they were 11 and 9-years-old.
The Duggar sisters told Fox interviewer Megyn Kelly that they had forgiven their brother for his “very wrong” actions, but downplayed his sexual abuse of them and three other girls — including their then-5-year-old sister — saying that “it wasn’t like a horror story.”
They also described the methods of sexual molestation used by Josh Duggar as “very sly” and “subtle.”
“I can see looking back my parents handled this very well,” said Duggar Seewald. “They sent Josh away. They had him get help. When he came back he was a totally different person. He was repentant whenever he left. When he came back, I could see he had made life changes.”
“He knew in his mind, ‘My actions are wrong and I have bad intentions,’ but he was very sly,” said Seewald in the interview. “Like the girls didn’t catch on. It was like, okay, if you catch the girl sleeping a quick feel or whatever. It was very subtle.”
While the Duggar sisters said that the molestation incidents in 2002 happened while all of the victims were asleep and “fully clothed,” those assertions are contradicted by descriptions of the incidents recorded in police documents.
According to the documents, the 5-year-old Duggar girl was molested by Josh Duggar when he pulled down her pants as he was reading to her.
Jill Duggar Dillard described the abuse inflicted on her and her sisters — as well as on a family babysitter — by Josh as “very mild compared to what happens to some young women.”
She said that she and her sister decided to forgive their brother after their parents explained to them what he had done.
“I had to make that choice to forgive him, you know? It wasn’t something that somebody forced, like, ‘Oh, you need to do this.’ You have to make that decision for yourself,” the Duggar sister, who recently gave birth to her own first child, told Fox News.
Seewald echoed the statement made by her father Jim Bob Duggar in the Wednesday Fox News interview when he said that Josh “was just curious about girls.”
“In Josh’s case, he was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls,” said Jill Seewald, attempting to explain the roots of the Duggar scandal. “And that got him into some trouble. And he made some bad choices.”
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