They also said they had to sleep behind locked doors.
Jessa and Jill Duggar revealed they did not know as young girls that they had been molested by their older brother Josh until their parents explained what happened to them and sent their son away.
The Duggar sisters sat down Friday night for Part 2 of an exclusive interview with Megyn Kelly, the host of Fox News’ The Kelly Files, to set the record straight not only about their experiences as victims of molestation, but also about their reaction to the release of their confidential records.
‘I was like, shocked… OK, that is strange,’ Jessa, who was 9 or 10 years old at the time, said. ‘I didn’t know what happened until my parents told me.’
Jill, who was 12 when the inappropriate touching took place, recalled feeling ‘sad’ and ‘shocked’ at the revelation.
‘This is my older brother whom I love, a lot,’ she remembered feeling.
The two sisters largely downplayed what went on between themselves and their older brother, calling the inappropriate touching ‘subtle’ and ‘mild.’
‘It wasn’t like a horror story or this terrible thing,’ Jessa insisted in the interview, as both siblings stressed that the two of them and the rest of their family, including Josh, had dealt with the trauma and put it behind them a long time ago.
Jessa Duggar also pointed out that she know ‘so many girls who go through things way worse.’
The 22-year-old mother-to-be told the Fox News host: ‘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 am like, I can say this, you know? I was one of the victims.’
The girls did not entirely excuse their brother’s actions, however, though even when they did point out a negative behavior the pair seemed too quickly find a way to explain or justify his actions.
‘Josh was a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls,’ explained Jessa.
‘And that got him into some trouble. And he made some bad choices, but, really, the extent of it was mild – inappropriate touching on fully clothed victims, most of it while [the] girls were sleeping. ‘
After Josh Duggar, then 14, confessed the truth about fondling his sisters in their sleep to his parents, he came and asked Jill and Jessa individually for forgiveness.
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