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Duggar Family Friends Speak Out About Molestation Scandal: 'It's a Real Tragedy for the Family'

Duggar Family Friends Speak Out About Molestation Scandal: 'It's a Real Tragedy for the Family'

Originally posted 06/09/2015 09:15PM

Once news broke that Josh Duggar had been investigated as a teen for molesting five underage girls – four of whom were his sisters – the residents of Tontitown, Arkansas – and its neighboring towns in Washington County – found themselves under an unprecedented level of media scrutiny.

The attention – and Josh's actions – were initially met with a general sense of anger, indignation and embarrassment on part of the county's residents, though others were sympathetic to Duggar heads of household Michelle, 48, and Jim Bob, 49.

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard Posts New Photos of Baby Israel David Amid Molestation Scandal

Jill (Duggar) Dillard Posts New Photos of Baby Israel David Amid Molestation Scandal

Originally posted 06/09/2015 05:55PM

After weeks of silence following a scandal that rocked their family, it appears as if life in the Dillard household is approaching the status quo.

In celebration of Israel David's two-month birthday, Jill, 24, Tweeted a link to the Dillard family website containing all-new photos of her growing baby boy.

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Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard Celebrate Israel David's 2-Month Birthday, Post First Instagrams Since Molestation Scandal (PHOTO)

Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard Celebrate Israel David's 2-Month Birthday, Post First Instagrams Since Molestation Scandal (PHOTO)

Originally posted 06/06/2015 05:30PM

It's been two months since the birth of Jill and Derick Dillard's son, Israel David, and the proud parents couldn't be happier.

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Jessa (Duggar) Seewald: As a Family, We 'Had Moved On' from Josh Duggar Molestation

Originally posted 06/05/2015 10:10PM



When an unearthed felony investigation from 2006 revealed that Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls as a teen, the family felt that they had already "moved on" from the scandal that was making headlines across the country.

This, according to two of the victims – Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald – when they appeared on The Kelly File Friday to discuss what had happened to them when they were 12 and "9 or 10," respectively.

Host Megyn Kelly asked whether the family had felt any hesitation entering into a reality show given what was hidden in their past, but Jessa, now 22, said that the family "had moved on" by the time cameras started rolling on 19 Kids and Counting (then 17 Kids and Counting in 2008.

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Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald: Our Parents 'Put Locks on the Doors'

Originally posted 06/05/2015 09:15PM



Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Jill (Duggar) Dillard say their parents used "safeguards" to protect them from their brother, Josh Duggar, after he molested them as well as two of their sisters when they were young.

After the incidents, their parents, 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, talked to their 19 children about "not being alone," Jill, 24, told Megyn Kelly Friday on Fox News' The Kelly File.

"My parents said, 'Okay, we're not going to do this hide-and-seek thing where two people go off and hide together,' " the new mom explained.

Their parents put "locks on the doors," said Jill. "You know, everybody's in bed. Girls in the girls' room. Boys in the boys' room … as a mother now I look back, and I think, you know, my parents did such an amazing job for me. Even when we went through the DHS investigation they complimented my parents on what an amazing job they did through that process."

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Jill and Jessa: Josh Duggar Was 'a Little Too Curious About Girls'

Originally posted 06/05/2015 01:40PM

Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard are speaking out in defense of their brother, Josh Duggar, who molested them when they were young.

However, the 19 Kids and Counting stars insist that Josh is not a "child molester or a pedophile or a rapist," Jessa, 22, tells Megyn Kelly on Friday's The Kelly File, airing on Fox News at 9 p.m. ET.

"This is something we chose to do, nobody asked us to do this," adds Jessa in transcript excerpts released to PEOPLE of their first time speaking out since police reports revealed that the eldest of the expansive Duggar clan was investigated in 2006 for molesting five underage girls as a teen.

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All About the Duggars' 'Safeguards' Against Future Molestation: An Expert Weighs In

All About the Duggars' 'Safeguards' Against Future Molestation: An Expert Weighs In

Originally posted 06/04/2015 07:55PM

During their interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, even Jim Bob Duggar admitted that the "safeguards" he had put in place to protect his daughters following eldest son Josh's inappropriate touching were not entirely effective.

"Nothing ever happened in the girls' bedrooms after that," he said. "So we had safeguards that protected them from that. But there was another incident, two different instances where girls were laying on the couch."

Jessa Seewald, 22, and Jill Dillard, 24, admitted Wednesday to being two of Josh's victims.

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Sheryl Underwood Is Overcome by Emotion After Seeing the Duggars' Interview

Originally posted 06/04/2015 06:10PM

The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood dissolved in tears on Thursday's show after watching Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard identify themselves as two of the five girls their brother Josh allegedly molested more than a decade ago.

Underwood said during the show's taping that she too was a victim of molestation as a young girl: "I'm probably the only person at this table that went through that," she began. "I went through that [at] 3, 4, 5 years old – you know something is wrong."

She continued, "And if nobody listens to you and nobody is going to stop it ... whether I'm asleep or not – I didn't sleep. I learned how to stay up as long as I could. I may sleep at school because nobody is going to protect me, so I have to protect myself."

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