We Finally Hear the Duggars' Side in 'Jill and Jessa: Counting On'

Wow ... the Duggar family sure has been through a lot this year. The 19 Kids and Counting stars saw their show canceled after Josh's molestation scandal last spring, and things really hit the fan when he confessed to cheating on Anna. But on Sunday night, Josh's siblings spoke out about his infidelity on Jill and Jessa: Counting On.

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It was a seriously intense episode, especially given what the family has been through this year. While Josh Duggar never made an appearance, his presence was felt throughout the show.

The focus was mainly on Jill's new baby with Derick Dillard, and Jessa's pregnancy with hubby Ben Seewald, but they couldn't help but go back to Josh and his problems.

Jessa shared, "Over the years, Josh worked really hard to repair our trust in him, and he became someone we could really look up to ... Josh ended up confessing to us that he had gotten addicted to pornography and had been unfaithful to his wife, and we were devastated. It felt like it was just a bad dream. How could this happen?"

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Jill talked about being one of Josh's molestation victims, saying, "When the police report was released to the world, that wasn't right ... We really had to work through it because as a victim you've already worked through it. You've already dealt with it and moved on, and you don't want it rubbed in your face."

Totally. Jinger, Jana, and Joy also made appearances, calling it one of the toughest times in their lives, along with these past four months being the toughest ever. I think the hardest part about the special was Jill and Jessa acknowledging that they stood up for Josh, before he came clean about cheating on Anna. They totally trusted their brother, and he failed them.

This family has obviously been on a journey, and another one is to come. I'm just glad that Jill and Jessa and their siblings have decided to share their story. Only good things can come from speaking out.

 

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