Jill Duggar and sister Jessa sat down last week with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to talk openly for the first time about the molestation scandal that has rocked their family, and Jill — a new mom — says she thinks her mom and dad did an amazing job handling things when the investigation was first underway.
Jill — who was one of the victims of her brother Josh’s sexual abuse when he was a teen — revealed what Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar did in order to prevent more inappropriate behavior after he confessed, saying they allowed the girls to have locks on their doors and put a stop to games like hide-and-seek, where two children might go off on their own together.
“Locks on the doors. You know, everybody’s in bed. Girls in the girls’ room. Boys in the boys’ room — as a mother now I look back, and I think, you know, my parents did such an amazing job for me. Even when we went through the DHS investigation they complimented my parents on what an amazing job they did through that process… I hope I can set up the same safeguards in my family that they did,” Jill said.
Not everyone believes the Duggars made the correct choices when it came time for Josh to face the consequences of his actions, however. The police report filed at the time shows that no charges were ever brought against Josh, who was 14 at the time, and he reportedly never received counseling. Unfortunately, neither did Jill or the three other Duggar girls who were molested.
Jill and her husband, Derick, announced on the last episode of 19 Kids And Counting that they would be taking their first mission trip to Nepal, which was devastated by an earthquake in April and is where the couple first began their courtship. They reportedly plan on taking baby Israel — who just turned 2-months-old — on the trip, although Jim Bob doesn’t think it’s a good idea.
The announcement wasn’t shown in the episode, which was meant to be a cliffhanger, but fans of the show may not get to see the trip if TLC decides not to renew the family’s contract. Already-aired episodes have been pulled from the lineup in the wake of the scandal, and Josh Duggar has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
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