Megyn Kelly will do a follow-up to her Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar interview Friday by sitting down with Jessa and Jill , two of the sisters named as victims of their brother’s depravity.
In a preview of the interview, the two young women, who would have been 10 and 11 years old when the incidents occurred, defended their brother.
Jill, unable to keep from crying, said:
We’re like, victims. They can’t do this to us.
Unfortunately, “they” isn’t referring to the brother who molested her or the parents who failed her, it’s referring to the media. While it is understandable that these girls wouldn’t want their personal lives slathered all over the press and social media, their contempt still seems a bit misplaced.
Jim Bob and Michelle told Kelley last night a tale of a troubled youngster who would touch a breast, over the clothes, then immediately run crying to his parents. The girls, they said, were asleep and had no idea what was happening to them.
At one point as Jim Bob talked about Josh “reaching over the couch” to grab a breast, Michelle had to whisper “over the clothes” to remind him to minimize the event.
Later in the interview they admitted that there were “a few” instances where Josh touched them “under the clothes,” but that it only lasted a few seconds, further minimizing the actions of their son that could only be described as the early days of a sexual predator.
Jessa comes to her brother’s defense in the preview, saying:
I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie really. I mean, people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.
Sorry, Jessa, but if it were a lie you wouldn’t be calling yourself a victim.
The next interview is expected to be as soft as the first, as it should be this time. These aren’t the parents who justified their inaction by saying “we have friends who said this happens in their family,” hiding the truth for over a year; these are two young women who are victims of a heinous crime.
The Duggar girls deserve to be treated with the respect their brother and their parents couldn’t show them, but at the same time they need to understand that what happened wasn’t some minor thing. Their brother is a very disturbed individual.
Watch Megyn Kelly’s preview of her interview with the victims of Josh Duggar.
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