After a difficult year and six months in rehab, Josh Duggar’s sisters still don’t trust him. In the latest episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, Jessa and Jinger Duggar tearfully reveal that they still haven’t come to terms with the painful past. Now that a new Josh Duggar victim has come forward, there might be more drama on the way.
“It was so unreal, I still have trouble comprehending it today,” Jinger Duggar confessed to the camera as her eyes welled with tears as she recalled the painful news that Josh Duggar isn’t who she believed he was. While Jinger was ready to move past the molestation scandals, she still hasn’t forgiven Josh for his pornography addiction, nor for cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar.
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Revealing that she still loves Josh, Jinger added that “just the reality of this, this person we thought we knew, the person that we loved greatly” was a completely different person created a “hard pain” in her heart that she’s having difficulty overcoming. In fact, during the show, Jinger never tells the camera that she forgives Josh as she continues, tearfully revealing that she’s still healing.
Jessa Duggar Seewald shares similar feelings, confessing that it was “difficult” to defend Josh after she learned that he cheated on Anna, particularly because she stood up for him during the molestation scandals. Jessa was one of Josh Duggar’s victims, and at the time, Seewald was clear that she and the rest of the Duggar clan forgives Josh for his checkered past.
But continuing to support Josh following the cheating scandals was “especially difficult for me,” Jessa tells the camera, once she knew that “there was another whole wave of things” Josh “was currently involved in” that she can’t wrap her head around. Now, Jessa has difficulty trusting Josh since “[t]here were some things that he was hiding and that he wasn’t being honest about.”
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Clearly, the Duggar family is still trying to come to terms that Josh is a completely different person, with Anna Duggar summing up their pain by telling fans that Josh “betrayed all Christians” by not practicing the values he publicly supports.
Even though the Duggar family has been upfront about their feelings regarding Josh Duggar’s past, the man himself has yet to make any sort of statement since leaving rehab earlier this year. While Josh has been spotted around his hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, shopping for furniture amid rumors that Anna is pregnant for a fifth time, the Duggar clan has not revealed how they as a family have begun to heal their relationships with Josh following the scandals that nearly brought the reality television stars down.
Now that another Arkansas woman has come forward to claim she was molested by Josh Duggar, the family’s pain has surely been renewed. According to Hollywood Life, an unidentified woman has been telling other people in the Springdale, Arkansas, area that she, too, is a victim from Josh’s past.
— People Magazine (@people) April 27, 2016
Although the Duggar family has not confirmed whether there really is another victim, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar reportedly visited the woman’s parents to get her side of the story. A source close to the situation revealed that “[t]he Duggars knew the girl,” and Michelle was “terrified” to learn that there might be another possible victim “talking about what Josh had done.”
Although no details have been made available, the possible victim’s parents said that they would deal with their daughter, and assured Jim Bob and Michelle that their daughter was not looking for money.
What do you think? Has the tight-knit Duggar family really forgiven Josh? Are there more potential victims out there? Leave a comment below!
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