Josh Duggar’s sisters Jessa and Jill have forgiven him for sexually molesting them when he was 14, but Jessa still doesn’t trust him. Jessa made the revelation while promoting the Duggars’ new TV show, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On,” which premieres March 15.
Jessa said she and her family have also forgiven Josh for cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar, but said she’s disappointed in him. “I definitely have forgiven Josh,” Jessa told People. “It is a process, though, that you have to work through in your heart.
Trust is not quickly rebuilt. It is something that takes a while. We love him very much, though, and are very hopeful for the future.”
Jessa’s husband, Ben Seewald, said he hopes Josh can mend his broken marriage to Anna. “I love Josh and I want the best for him,” said Ben. “There are a lot of people who have been hurt in this situation. I want to look for ways to help heal the situation for Josh and for Anna, and their kids especially.”
Josh recently left rehab after spending seven months being treated for porn and sex addictions, as Examiner has reported. Josh’s long rehab stint fueled speculation he was hiding out there until his numerous sex scandals blew over.
Interestingly, Josh left rehab just as the Duggars are set to premiere a new season of “Jill and Jessa: Counting On.” While Josh does not appear on the show, his wife Anna — who’s reportedly pregnant with her fifth child — makes several appearances.
Anna initially received an outpouring of support after Josh admitted cheating on her (twice with porn star Danica Dillon), but fans have since turned on her because she insists on standing by Josh and the Duggar family.
Women say they’re disgusted by what they consider Anna’s low self-esteem and weak will.
“19 Kids and Counting” was canceled in July 2015 amid news that Josh had sexually molested five underage girls — including four of his sisters — when he was 14.
Two of the Duggar girls who were molested — Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard — blamed the media for sensationalizing the controversy. However, some fans say the girls are complicit in the Duggar conspiracy to minimize child molestation.
The Duggars are desperate to regain their TV fame and fortune after earning $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” In 2015, the Duggar family reportedly lost over $25 million on lost book deals, endorsements and speaking engagements.
The Duggar children said they miss being famous and are thrilled to return to TV. The new season of “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” premiered March 15.