Two of Josh Duggar’s victims—his sisters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald—spoke to Megyn Kelly in part two of an exclusive interview with the Duggar family that will air Friday on “The Kelly File” at 9 p.m. ET.
The now married sisters tell Kelly in a preview clip that they are horrified by the way their story has been told and re-told online and in the media.
“We’re victims. They can’t do this to us,” a teary-eyed Dillard says of the media attention that has surrounded their story.
Seewald adds, “The system that was set up to protect kids, both those who make stupid mistakes or have problems like this in their life and the ones that are affected by those choices. It’s greatly failed.”
According to a police report that was posted online by In Touch, Josh Duggar inappropriately touched four of his younger sisters and a family friend back in 2002 and 2003.
He has issued an apology for his actions, and his parents spoke with Kelly in the first part of an exclusive interview that aired on Wednesday. They said when their son came to them crying and confessed what he did, they handled it as best they could.
“As parents we were trying to do the best thing we knew how,” Michelle said during the sit-down.
They said they were the ones who told their daughters about what Josh had done to them. They insisted repeatedly that their daughters “weren’t even aware” of the abuse that had gone on because they were sleeping when their brother touched them over their clothes.
“We also talked to our daughters and reminded them about wrong and right touch and about if anybody ever touched you in a wrong way for you to come and tell your mom immediately,” Jim Bob said.
The parents said they “put safeguards” in their home and watched Josh constantly.
Additionally, Michelle said, “…all of our children received professional counseling, including Josh, who paid for his own counseling himself.”
The conclusion of Kelly’s exclusive interview with the Duggar family airs Friday on “The Kelly File.”