Josh Duggar's recent string of scandals is weighing heavily on members of the Duggar family, specifically Jessa Seewald and her husband, Ben Seewald. While a majority of the family, who rose to fame on TLC's now-canceled series "19 Kids and Counting," has remained quiet on the matter, Jessa Seewald, 22, refused to shy away. Shortly after it came to light her 27-year-old brother had been unfaithful to his wife, signing up for two accounts on Ashley Madison during their marriage, the soon-to-be mother shared several cryptic posts regarding Josh Duggar's adulterous actions. Now, her sister-in-law, Jessica Seewald, is coming forward to explain the actions.
According to Page Six, Jessa and Ben Seewald are struggling to handle the emotional repercussions of Duggar's double life. Jessica Seewald told the publication she was "sure it's been heartbreaking" for both of them, adding they have tried their best to be there for the rest of the family during this difficult time. Unfortunately, she said, Jessa and Ben Seewald decided they could no longer remain mum about Duggar's behavior. Both shared an angry post written by Michael Seewald, Ben Seewald's father, about "wicked" Duggar. Jessa and Ben Seewald also linked fans to a passionate sermon full of ways to avoid adultery.
"In a world riddled with people who profess Christ and His love with their mouths, yet with their lives portray a totally different set of values, sometimes it becomes necessary to stand up and speak the truth," Jessica Seewald said.
Jessica Seewald's comments appear to be in reference to a blog post written by her father and shared by Jessa Seewald on Sept. 2. In the post, Michael Seewald slammed Duggar for being both a "hypocritical Christian" and "a pretender." He claimed Christians fail often, but recognize their failure and make changes in their lives to be more Christ-like. Prior to sharing the blog post with fans, Jessa and Ben Seewald took to social media to share an adultery-centered sermon with followers. While neither mentioned Duggar specifically, it seems pretty clear what sparked the decision.
— Jessa Seewald (@JessaSeewald) September 1, 2015
Duggar is currently believed to be seeking treatment at Reformers Unanimous in Rockford, Illinois. The facility uses faith-based treatment methods, which include, but are not limited to, Bible studies and prayer, as well as heavy work loads to heal attendees of their vices. All scheduled activities are mandatory and failure to participate is grounds for dismissal. Schedules from the facility show no one-on-one or group therapy in the program. Rules from the facility also state talking about ones sinful lifestyle prior to entering treatment is forbidden.