Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard are not doing a family Christmas special, but they are starring in an upcoming three-part special, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On.”
The clip publicizing the new TLC show gives us insight into how their brother Josh’s sexual scandal affected them.
TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar inappropriately touched four of his sisters, although he was never charged with a crime.
The show was cancelled over the fallout when Josh’s molestations came to light.
The sexual abuse occurred 12 years ago, but the emotional wounds are still fresh and very painful. Dillard says:
“I cry a lot of tears.”
Sister Seewald added more insight into the family’s difficulties:
“Life over the past four months has been pretty crazy for my family.”
Josh Duggar was 14 when he molested the girls, and he said that he:
“…would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.”
In the new special’s clip, Dillard tells us about feeling “angry and hurt and all of those emotions mixed together.”
Although the sisters publicly defended their brother, they regret speaking before the whole story was uncovered:
“It wasn’t right for him to let us speak our words without having the full knowledge of what he was hiding.”
Josh at 27 is the eldest of the 19 Duggar children, and he is reportedly in sex addiction treatment
He is married with four of his own children. Duggar’s wife, Anna, talks about her experience in the special:
“I’m just like, I’m going to wake up and everything’s going to be OK, and this can’t be true.”
The sisters are optimistic about their future in spite of past family difficulties. Seewald said:
“There are still a lot of exciting milestones ahead.”
Dillard speaks about their future in the upcoming special:
“We will come out of this fire, so to speak, stronger as a family unit.”
“Jill and Jessa: Counting On” premieres December 13 at 8/7 p.m. on TLC.