Jep Robertson Was Sexually Abused As A Kid

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With the release of his new book co-written with his wife Jessica Robertson, “The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness”, “Duck Dynasty” star Jep Robertson claims he was molested by an older student when he was in grade school. “I was 6 and it was on a school bus and it was an older girl,” Robertson said. “Back then the high school students would ride on the same bus as the grade school. An older girl started sitting next to me. She seemed sweet at first. She’d come sit beside me, like a motherly figure almost. I remember her being sweet and taking care of me. I liked to sit in the back so she’d come sit with me.”

“After a while the girl started doing strange things,” his book continues. “She’d take my hands and push them up under her shirt and tell me I was tickling her. Then she started making me pull down my pants. It was awkward. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew something wasn’t right. “I didn’t want to go to school. I had a lot of absences,” Robertson says. “My mom always thought I was sick and there was definitely other reasons I didn’t want to go to school. I think for a while I just tried to bury it so deep that I kind of forgot about it for a while. I think God put that on me for meeting someone like my wife Jessica who went through some hard times herself and I think it made our relationship stronger once we talked about it.”

While Jep says he eventually revealed his dark secret to his wife but he couldn’t ever really talk openly with his parents. “I don’t know if I necessarily consciously wanted to keep it a secret,” Robertson says. “I was more embarrassed. I think in the end I didn’t want my mom and dad to think they did anything wrong, and they didn’t. I do think it affected the way I look at certain things. I was really scared of girls and just women in general, but I think God had a plan for that. I know it sounds weird but it’s helped me now that I have a bunch of girls. I think it helps us really communicate with them on what’s right and what’s wrong, where you should be touched or not be touched. It’s a tough thing to go through, but you just kind of live and go though it and make the most of it.”

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