The plot just keeps thickening when it comes to the Josh Duggar child molestation scandal. Earlier this week, Duggar’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, sat down for an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. Two weeks after their eldest son admitted to five, sexual molestations of underage girls, the Duggar parents finally spoke out – and spoke out, they did.
Both parents claim they felt like they failed in their parenting when they found out what their son had done. But it seems as though the Duggar family is downplaying the severity of Josh Duggar’s crime. His parents refer to the molestations as “improper touching,” which gives off the connotation of breaking the rules for a school dance, not sexual molestation of young girls. Jim Bob Duggar even told Kelly that what his son did “was not rape or anything like that.” But any sexual contact without consent is rape, whether that contact is intercourse or not.
Interesting still is Jessa Duggar Seewald’s comment. She says that when people call her brother a child molester, a pedophile, or a rapist, they are going “overboard.” She also claims that she “can say that because [she] was one of his victims.” Seewald’s word choice is worth analyzing. While part of her comment is seemingly in defense of Josh Duggar, by referring to herself as a victim, it implies she knows that on some level, what Duggar did was a crime.
But in this interview, the Duggar family primarily focuses on the supposedly illegal release of the Duggar sisters’ juvenile records. The family might plan to sue on the basis of the release. Rather than focus on the crimes themselves, the family chooses to be more upset about the records.
No word on the fate of 19 Kids and Counting, but we will be on the lookout for the latest news.