‘Forgive, but never forget!’ That has been the MO of Jessa Duggar and Jill Dillard as they’ve learned to deal with the fact that their older brother Josh molested them 12 years ago. The girls opened up to ‘The Kelly File’s’ Megyn Kelly about their internal struggle.
19 Kids & Counting fans are still shocked over the bombshell report, revealing the Duggar family’s first-born son, Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls as a teenager — two of them being his sisters, Jill Dillard. 24, and Jessa Duggar, 22. The fan favorites opened up to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, 44, where they candidly spoke about forgiving their brother, but not being able to trust him after the incident. Read on for to see what they had to say!
“You know, when this happened, when my Dad and Mom sat down with us and shared with us what happened and Josh asked us to forgive him, we had to make that choice that I think everyone has to make,” Jill said. “And my dad explained to us, he said, ‘You know there’s a difference between forgiveness and trust. That’s not the same thing.'”
While some have accused Jill and Jessa of being too forgiving of Josh, Jill went on to explain how they were able to let go of any anger they had held onto after he touched them inappropriately. “You know, you forgive someone and then you have boundaries. Forgiveness with boundaries. And so trust comes later. You know Josh destroyed that trust at the beginning,” the mom-of-one added. “And so he had to rebuild that. And so I think when he came back, that was…the point of rebuilding.”
Now that Jill and Jessa have had time to build back their trust with Josh, the girls have even done so much as defend their brother against accusations that he’s a “pedophile” — regardless that they, themselves, were the ones he hurt!
Jessa agrees that what Josh did to her and Jill was “very wrong,” but she went on to stick up for him, adding, “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.”
HollywoodLifers — what do YOU think of Jill and Jessa finding forgiveness for Josh? Do you think they should ever trust him again? Let us know!
— Evan Real