Jill and Jessa Duggar among Josh Duggar’s sexual assault victims

               
Josh Duggar and wife. Getty Images

 As if this story couldn’t get any worse; US Weekly revealed that Jill and Jessa Duggar will speak as molestation victims of their brother Josh Duggar in an interview with Fox News. The interview, hosted by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, aired on Wednesday night and the story is getting messier by the day and counting.
                The Duggar girls spoke out about the allegations that their brother Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls that took place when he was a teen. To make matters worse, the parents of the Duggar clan Jim Bob and Michelle waited 16 months before alerting police of their son’s actions. Failing to report the crime could have resulted in six years in prison for Jim Bob and Michelle, but the statute of limitations have expired.
In light of the allegations, Josh Duggar has resigned from his job with the Family Research Council, a lobbying group in Washington, D.C. The Duggar family, known for their Christian values, have received a lot of backlash especially in the wake of both Michelle and Jim Bob stating the members of the LGBT community as being a “threat” to the safety of children late last year.
                According to documentation from the Washington County Sheriff’s office in Arkansas obtained by InTouch, a 14-year-old Josh Duggar had been sneaking in his sisters’ rooms at night while they were sleeping and fondling their “breasts and genitals.” The 27-year-old Josh Duggar has made statements regarding his actions referring to them as “mistakes” and “wrongdoings.”
As far as his sisters’, Jessa Duggar was quoted by Us Weekly stating that:

 “I do want to speak up in his defense against people calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist…that is so overboard and a lie really.”
Jessa Duggar. Getty Images

Four of the five reported victims on police record were Josh Duggar’s sisters. TLC has stopped playing reruns of 19 Kids and Counting, the show documenting the Duggar family, and various advertisers have pulled their ads from the station. TLC has not canceled the show indefinitely. 

-Mahogany Waldon
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