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Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Make First Public Appearance Since Scandal: 'We're Not a Perfect Family'
Originally posted 06/21/2015 10:40AM
In their first public appearance since news of the Duggar family's molestation scandal broke exactly one month ago, Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald, appeared at the ALIVE Christian Music Festival Saturday to talk faith, marriage and children.
While the sisters never directly addressed the scandal, Jill did say that one of the messages of their hit show, 19 Kids and Counting, is that their family has struggles.
Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Take Family Trip to Ohio for First Public Appearance Since Scandal
Originally posted 06/19/2015 12:15PM
This will mark a big weekend for Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald.
The two sisters were joined by their husbands (and little Israel Dillard) to travel to Mineral City, Ohio, on Friday for the ALIVE Christian music festival. Jill, 24, and Jessa, 22, are set to speak on the main stage on Saturday, according to organizers. The 19 Kids and Counting stars were originally slated to appear alongside their eldest brother Josh Duggar and his wife Anna, but it is unclear if he will still be attending the festival in the wake of his molestation scandal.
Originally posted 06/16/2015 12:40PM
Nearly two weeks after coming forward as a victim of childhood molestation, Jill Dillard's family life appears to have returned to normal.
Late on Monday evening, she Instagrammed a photo of her husband, Derick, reading the Bible to their 2-month-old son, Israel David.
Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Breaks Social Media Silence Following Molestation Scandal, Shares Ultrasound Photo
Originally posted 06/10/2015 05:20PM
Now that Jessa Seewald has said her piece about the scandal that had her and the rest of the expansive Duggar clan lying low for weeks, she has moved on to happier family tidings.
The 19 Kids and Counting star shared the first photo of her unborn child with husband Ben, announcing that "Baby Seewald" is nearly five months along.
"Your daddy and I love you soooo much," Jessa captioned the photo on Twitter, which she also posted on Instagram. (Ben followed suit.)
Originally posted 06/10/2015 12:00PM
When Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald came forward as victims of their brother's molestation in a tell-all interview on Fox News last week, critics accused parents Michelle and Jim Bob of persuading their daughters to defend eldest son Josh Duggar.
However, a source close to the family tells PEOPLE that the focus was always going to be on Michelle, 48, and Jim Bob, 49, until Jill stepped forward. "She, too, wanted to give an interview. Her parents were concerned because they felt she had been through enough, but she was clear – she never wanted this information public."
Indeed, the girls were more upset during their interview by what they felt was a violation of privacy than by Josh's actions, which they insisted had been forgiven years earlier, before cameras even started rolling on 19 Kids and Counting (then 17 Kids and Counting) in 2008. As a family, "we've already moved on," said both Jessa and Jill on The Kelly File.
Originally posted 06/10/2015 08:15AM
When it was revealed that Josh Duggar had been investigated in 2006 for molesting five underage girls – including four of his sisters – it was a shock to see two of his victims come forward and defend their brother on national television.
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.
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.
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
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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