Jessa and Jill Duggar say that their parents locked their bedroom doors when they were younger to keep their older brother, Josh, from sneaking in at night. According to People Magazine, the girls opened up to Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File, and told her about the precautions their parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, took to protect them when Josh was going through puberty (and beyond).
“My parents said, ‘Okay, we’re not going to do this hide-and-seek thing where two people go off and hide together. 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,” Jill explained.
Jessa and Jill having locked doors is certainly a memory that they both remember. Although the girls seem to defend their brother, who touched them inappropriately when he was a young teenager, the girls chose to be open and honest about what happened to them.
“This is something we chose to do – nobody asked us to do this,” Jessa said, explaining that her and Jill’s decision to talk about their past was their own choice. “Josh was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls, and that got him into 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 [the] girls were sleeping,” she explained.
According to the International Business Times, Jill and Jessa said that they have forgiven Josh, and that the family had moved on from all that, until recently. They said that the news of Josh’s inappropriate tendencies going public has been one of the most painful.
Aside from Jessa and Jill having locked bedroom doors when they were younger, the rest of the information provided by the family has been fairly basic. It seems as though the family feels that Josh was just “exploring,” and that he was a curious 14-year-old, nothing more. Even Jessa said that people calling her brother a pedophile is completely out of line. But will society ever forgive Josh Duggar? Will 19 Kids And Counting ever be the same?
Moreover, could there be more information about this family that was swept under the carpet? As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a lot of people think so. In particular, the journalist who broke this story, Rick Egusquiza, believes that the Duggar secrets are just starting to spill out.
[Photo via Jill Dillard (Duggar)/Instagram]