Jessa Duggar Seewald and her sister Jill will reportedly be featured in a documentary for TLC about sexual abuse after their reality show, 19 Kids And Counting, was canceled following the revelation that Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters as a teenager.
The sisters sat down recently for an interview with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and explained their side of the story, saying that they have moved on and forgiven their brother and were happy with the way their parents handled the incidents, which included no formal charges. Josh has since resigned from his position with the Family Research Council and has been kept from the public eye, although his wife Anna — who is heavily pregnant and is due any day now — has been somewhat active on social media.
Jessa and Jill were reportedly set to join a spinoff reality show for the network after the scandal broke, but ultimately TLC decided to air the documentary — in conjunction with sexual abuse advocacy group RAINN — instead this August.
“We spent the past month and a half in thoughtful consideration about the best way forward here,” said TLC president Marjorie Kaplan.
The network released a statement about their decision on their website, saying that they have been concerned for the well-being of the victims since the news was brought to light in May via a leaked police report.
“TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help,” the statement read.
Jessa has spoken out about the media’s coverage of the police report, saying it’s “overboard” to call Josh a child molester. She did, however, write in a Facebook post earlier this year that she doesn’t think one should “keep silent” when they see someone committing a sin.
“To keep silent is to not care for their eternal destiny! In this world, people have seared their consciences. The standard of what is ‘ok’ or ‘permissible’ in our society today, hardly reflects God’s standard. People are content to live on in lying, cursing, pride, anger, bitterness, disrespecting of parents, lust, pornography, fornication, adultery, and other sexual sins– and if anyone tries to confront them, their attitude and response is, ‘You live your life, I’ll live mine. Don’t you tell me what to do! Only God can judge me!’ They don’t even realize what they’re saying. God’s judgement isn’t something to be taken lightly! It should scare you!” Jessa Duggar Seewald wrote.
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