04:44 PM EDT 06/26/2015
Originally posted 06/05/2015 01:40PM
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.
Originally posted 06/05/2015 11:40AM
Despite outcry from the Duggars, police records detailing how Josh Duggar molested five underage girls as a teen – including four of his sisters and the family babysitter – were not illegally released, the Springdale, Arkansas, city attorney said in a statement Thursday.
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.
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."
Originally posted 06/04/2015 05:30PM
Sarah Palin isn't too happy with what she calls "obvious double standards" between the Duggar family and actress Lena Dunham.
Michelle Duggar: We 'Haven't Been Keeping Secrets' But Were 'Protecting Those That Should Be Protected'
Originally posted 06/03/2015 11:45PM
Michelle Duggar says she can't believe that the world learned from a tabloid that her eldest son molested four of her daughters as a teen, telling Fox News' Megyn Kelly Wednesday night, that "as a mom, that breaks my heart for my girls."
Originally posted 06/03/2015 09:25PM
Speaking publicly for the first time since their son's molestation scandal rocked their family, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said "we did the best we could under the circumstances" in an exclusive interview with Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly.
The Duggar Family Identifies Jill and Jessa as Josh's Molestation Victims – as They Speak of Their Devastation
Originally posted 06/03/2015 04:00PM
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have broken their silence about the allegations their eldest son, Josh, had molested five underage girls as a teen – and now, daughters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard have identified themselves as two of their brother's victims.
Jessa, 22, and Jill, 24, will have their say during the Fox News interview – the family's first public showing since May 20, when a 2006 police report detailing the alleged molestation surfaced.
In a promo for their sit-down with Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, Michelle, 48, says that there was "so much grief in our hearts" when their son approached them to confess what he had done. "I think, as parents, we felt, 'We're failures.' "
Originally posted 06/03/2015 11:00AM
Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly will speak to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on Wednesday for their first exclusive interview since son Josh's molestation scandal.
"There was no magic to it," Kelly tells PEOPLE of how she secured the high-profile interview. "I approached them and made the argument that I would be the best person for them to sit down with. I told them the truth, which is that I will be tough, but I will be fair. I think they know that's my reputation."
Originally posted 05/31/2015 07:20PM
The famously conservative Duggars seemed to be models of wholesome family life, but son Josh was hiding a dark past: He allegedly molested five young girls as a teen. Subscribe now for an inside look at the Duggars' dark family secrets, only in PEOPLE.
Amidst the Duggars' family crisis, one of their pastors is speaking out about the recent allegations that Josh Duggar molested five underage girls when he was a teenager.
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