Jessa and Jill Say Their Parents 'Put Locks on the Doors,' Attribute Josh's Actions to Puberty
Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, the Duggar sisters Josh Duggar fondled when they were children, have defended their brother against the perception that what he did makes him a child molester for life.
According to People, on a special édition of Megyn Kelly's "The Kelly File" on FOX News last night, the young women said their parents addressed Josh's wrongdoing, in part, by installing locks on their doors.
Along with putting locks on the girls' doors, Jill told Megyn that her parents banned alone-time between siblings:
"My parents said, 'Okay, we're not going to do this hide-and-seek thing where two people go off together.'"
In spite of a firestorm of criticism, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar continue to have the support of their children. Jill went on to say:
"... 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."
The girls say they are coming forward on their own to in part defend Josh. They minimized their brother's behavior even as he faces widespread condemnation, with Jessa chalking it all up to Josh being "a boy, a young boy in puberty and a little too curious about girls."
Jill did say she was "shocked" when told what her brother had done to her, but still feels he's being unfairly branded a child molester.
"None of the victims were aware of what happened until Joshua confessed."