Jill & Jessa Duggar Lean on Their Husbands While Dealing With Josh's Molestation Scandal

After it was revealed that Josh Duggar molested four of his sisters (as well as one female babysitter), we were shocked that such scandal could rock a family that so valued their Christian beliefs. Jessa Seewald and Jill Duggar (formerly Duggar) made the controversial decision to come forward with their side of the story, and insiders have revealed how the sisters have been coping with the negative media attention.


Apparently they decided to share their version of events with Megyn Kelly last week on Fox News because they felt "shame, sorrow, and anger" that their past was being drug up as media sensationalism.

"They just feel horrible that this is now public knowledge, that this is something that the whole world will know about them for the rest of their lives," said the source. "This was something that they felt they had closed the door on, and to have it forced open like this ... they were just devastated, and they continue to feel devastated."

Another source close to the family said that the scandal has caused them "unnecessary pain," and that "they feel that their privacy has been violated." 

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One thing that's been helping them get through this is their husbands. In their interview, Jill said that the first thing she did was call her husband. "I was in tears. I couldn't believe what was going on,"the 24-year-old new mom tearfully admitted. "When I heard the police report had been released, I said, 'What right do they have to do this? We're victims. They can't do this to us.'"

Jessa, who is expecting her first child on her November 1 wedding anniversary, took to Instagram to share the first official photo of Baby Seewald, a sonogram which she captioned, #BabySeewald makes a first appearance today!!!" She added, "Your daddy and I love you soooo much!"

She's obviously doing her best to distance herself from the negative feelings over Josh's scandal. In fact, one of the sources said, "In their minds, they suffered very little from what Josh did and are in much more pain now because of the report being published."

I'm glad for them that they seem to having amazing support from their husbands, Derick Dillard and Ben Seewald. Having a partner to comfort and console you when you're going through traumatic experiences makes it just a little bit easier to get through.

Do you think Josh's victims are getting enough emotional support?


Image via Jill Dillard/Instagram

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