Josh Duggar isn’t the only one in the Duggar family feeling the weight of the current on-going sexual abuse scandal. Two of his sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, who were among the five women molested by Duggar nearly 12 years ago, are reportedly reeling after having their family’s past exposed.
People magazine reports the pair have been struggling with “pain, sorrow and anger” since the scandal came out May 19. A source told the publication they “feel horrible” that the molestation has tainted the public’s view of their family and will likely follow them for the rest of their lives. The sisters, as well as the rest of the Duggar family, are said to have “closed the door on” Josh’s past actions and are hurt to have to relive it. A second source claims Dillard, 24, and Seewald, 22, feel their “privacy has been violated.”
“The 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,” the initial source said. “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.”
After news broke that Josh, 27, had molested four of his sisters between 2002 and 2003 several members of his family sat down with Fox New’s Megyn Kelly to discuss the scandal and separate fact from fiction. His parents went first, appearing on “The Kelly File” on June 3. During their interview they talked about each of the incidents and how they handled them, revealing that it wasn’t until Josh admitted to having inappropriately touched a much younger sibling that they removed him from their Arkansas home.
In a second episode, which aired June 5, Dillard and Seewald openly admitted that they had been victims of Josh’s “inappropriate touch.” Both sisters decried media outlets calling their brother a child molester or rapist, saying he was “a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls.” Dillard shed tears while expressing to the show’s host how violated they had felt by having their family’s history leaked to the public.
As the scandal continues to brew, Josh appears to be moving out of his Maryland home. The reality star was spotted loading up moving trucks on Tuesday. As we previously reported, it is widely believed he is moving his soon-to-be expanding family back to Arkansas where they can be close to Jim Bob, Michelle and the rest of the Duggar crew. While he loaded up U-Haul trucks with boxes of their belongings bodyguard Steve Neild was seen keeping photographers at bay. It is believed Josh temporarily hired Neild, who previously worked with reality star Kate Gosselin, to protect his family as they prepare for the move.