Duggar sisters defend, forgive Josh after he admitted to molesting them

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The Duggar sisters spoke publicly for the first time since the accusations of their brother molesting them in the past became public knowledge.

Jill said that as victims, they felt the need to sit down for this interview and set the record straight.

"I think in what the case Josh did, it was wrong," Jessa said. "I'm not going to justify anything he did or say that it was okay, not permissible."

"But, I do want to speak up in his defense over some people who are calling him a child molester, a pedophile, a rapist...I'm like, that is so overboard and a lie really," Jessa added.

She went on to say that her brother was in puberty, too curious about girls and that is what got him in trouble.

Both Jill and Jessa said they had no idea the molestation occurred until their parents sat them down individually and told them after Josh had confessed.

A few weeks back, it was found out that Josh had molested five girls when he was just 14. It later came out that four of them were his sisters, and in an interview that aired Wednesday night with Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, they confirmed that.

The Duggar family said Josh came to them to explain what he had done and they had determined to settle the matter within the family and their church.

In an statement made to People a few weeks back, Josh Duggar said:

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

Read more about Josh Duggar here.

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