Two of Josh Duggar’s younger sisters are speaking out following the molestation scandal that has affected the 19 Kids and Counting family.
A teary-eyed Jill Dillard, 24, told anchor Megyn Kelly, “We are victims”—referring to the release of what had been sealed records of the molestation—while her younger sister Jessa Seewald, 22, lambasted the failure of a system “that was set up to protect kids, both those who make stupid mistakes or have problems like this in their life and the ones that are affected by those choices. It’s greatly failed.”
The young women spoke to Kelly after she interviewed 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in the wake of the revelation that their son Josh Duggar, now 27, was accused of molesting five underage girls—four of whom were his sisters—when he was 14. The patriarch told Fox News “this was not rape or anything like that,” and that their son touched the young girls over their clothes while they were sleeping.
“They probably didn’t even understand it was improper touch,” Michelle Duggar said.
In the interview, Seewald said her brother’s actions were “very wrong,” but defended him against those calling Duggar a pedophile or rapist. “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,” Seewald said.
The full interview with the Duggar sisters, both of whom are now married, will air as part of a one-hour special of The Kelly File on Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News.