Jessa Duggar, who once was known only as one of the many offspring on 19 Kids And Counting before her older brother Josh Duggar opened up the family to a different kind of fame, attended the Southern Women’s Show in North Carolina. Jessa, accompanied by husband Ben Seewald, discussed topics ranging from marriage to adoption, reported Entertainment Tonight.
Although Ben, 20, and Jessa, 22, did dish on marriage and her baby bump, they declined to discuss whether it’s a girl or boy and revealed that not even the other members of the Duggar family know for sure. But what they do know is that they want to investigate adoption for future children.
The event is significant in that it’s the first public event of this kind for Jessa since Josh revealed that he had two accounts on infidelity site Ashley Madison. Duggar now is in rehab.
As the Inquisitr reported, Josh wrote a statement for the Duggar family web site in which he confessed to being addicted to pornography as well as being unfaithful to his wife Anna.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
Jessa’s appearance at the event was impacted by her older brother’s confession, because some said they would boycott if she was there, reported InTouch Weekly.
“I’M NOT GOING NOW! Piss poor role model, liar from a bigot family,” wrote one woman protesting the pregnant Duggar’s appearance. “BOYCOTT.”
Also mentioned was the fact that when Jessa went on Fox News, she expressed her support for Josh, who had molested some of his sisters, including Jessa, as well as a babysitter.
“I would bet that there will be many women coming to your event that have been sexually molested. How do you think they will feel about this girl who minimizes it and has been taught it is her fault. You seriously need to rethink who your paid guests are!” scolded another.
Jessa appeared in the TLC documentary Breaking the Silence on Sunday, along with Jill, reported People.
“I feel like this should be a discussion people are having, even regularly. I think that it shouldn’t be a taboo subject, that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse and talking about this,” said Jessa.
Now that she is looking forward to the birth of her first baby in November, Jessa also revealed that she plans to implement safeguards to protect her children.
“Things I can do to be more aware, things I can do to set up boundaries safeguards for my child and children, hopefully, in the future,” she added.
Through all the turmoil, Jessa says that she has turned to her strong religious faith to keep her positive since the negative publicity first from the revelations about Josh’s molestations of underage girls and now from Duggar’s infidelity and porn addiction confessions, noted People.
“You just have to keep your focus and trust God,” emphasized Jessa.
And even though 19 Kids and Counting has been canceled, both Jessa and Ben said they are open appearing on reality TV again, including the possibility of bringing up their own children in front of the cameras.
“We live a peaceful, quiet life, but I wouldn’t rule it out if people were interested in our family,” said Ben.
[Image via Jessa Duggar Seewald/Facebook]