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Duggars Back on TV as Sisters Jessa, Jill Open Up About Josh Abuse

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By    |   Monday, 14 Dec 2015 11:51 AM

The Duggars are back on television as Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, two now-married siblings that are part of the "19 Kids and Counting" brood, open up about older brother Josh and his abuse.

The first episode of the three-part series "Jill & Jessa: Counting On" premiered Sunday and the sisters explained that the family has forgiven Josh for molesting them as teenagers, according to "Entertainment Tonight."

"The healing process started shortly after that happened," Dillard said on the show. "When something happens you go with your life. You move on. Jess and I can say that we've chosen to forgive Josh. And that's an important part of our healing."

"Trust isn't instantly rebuilt. You can forgive in your heart, but at the same time it's a journey to rebuild that trust. It was over those next couple of years of Josh just trying to be able to prove to us, and to the family, that he was worthy of being trusted, and really that relationship was restored between all of us siblings and my parents," she continued.

It was the molestation revelation and ensuing controversy that led the the cancellation of "19 Kids and Counting" over the summer. But it was their brother's cheating scandal involving the Ashley Madison website that shocked the sisters most.

Josh Duggar, a married father of four, admitted in August that he had cheated on his wife Anna and was addicted to pornography, the Chicago Tribune reported at the time. He has since entered treatment for sex addiction.

"Over the years, Josh worked really hard to repair our trust in him, and he became someone we could really look up to," Seewald said on Sunday's show. "Josh ended up confessing to us that he had gotten addicted to pornography and had been unfaithful to his wife, and we were devastated. It felt like it was just a bad dream. How could this happen?"

Dillard said that she disappointed that her brother allowed the family to fight for him while leaving them in the dark about the truth.

"Just thinking about what Josh has been speaking for, and how our family believes as a whole, that what makes it so unbelievable," she said. "It wasn't right for him to let us [defend him] without having the full knowledge of what he was hiding."



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