Jessa and Jill Duggar Say They Have Forgiven Josh For Past Molestation
Two of the Duggar sisters are coming to the defense of their brother, Josh, even after confirming they were molested by him.
Fox News on Thursday night aired new clips of Megyn Kelly’s interview with Jessa and her sister Jill.
Jessa said, "I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, people are saying. That is so overboard and a lie really. I mean, people will get mad at me for saying that but I'm like, I can say this. I was one of the victims."
Jill said, "As a victim, we have to come out and speak. This is something we chose to do. No one asked us to do this. Jess and I were talking and were like, 'Oh my goodness, most of the stuff out there is lies. It is not true.'"
And there was more from parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who revealed that four of the five victims were Josh's his sisters. The fifth was a babysitter.
Jim Bob said, "The girls have totally forgiven Josh."
The parents spoke about their emotional turmoil when they took their son to local police in Arkansas.
Jim Bob said, "We didn't know if they were going to arrest him at that point, if there would be an investigation of the whole family, or what was going to happen."
The Duggars said they took "safegaurds" when Josh came to them and admitted his acts of molestation.
One precaution can be seen in the design of their home, which was custom-built to accommodate their large brood. The girls sleep at the opposite end of the house from where the boys sleep.
And right in between is the parents' bedroom.
INSIDE EDITION was invited into the home in 2007 for a story about the 19 Kids and Counting TV show. At one point, Jim Bob spoke to us on a catwalk between the girls side of the house and the boys side.
The Duggars say Josh went for residential treatment when he was a teen and came back "a changed person."
They also consulted with Erin Merryn, an author who specializes in sex-abuse prevention cases. Although they didn't reveal the molestation case in their own family.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked her, "If you had spoke with the Duggars back when these incidents of molestation happened. What would you have recommended the Duggars do with their son, Josh?"
She said, "I would have told them immediately, 'You get him psychological help. You take this to the authorities.' He should have been removed from the home immediately."
Watch Below: Jill and Jessa Duggar Confirm They Were Molested by Josh Duggar