For the first time, the other male Duggar siblings are talking about Josh, and how their older brother’s sexual abuse of four of their sisters has impacted them.
Josh admitted to molesting five minor girls, including one of their neighborhood friends, when he was a teenager.
John-David talks about the impact of Josh’s actions:
“I always wanted to be like him. But one of the toughest things I had to tell my older brother was, ‘I don’t want to be like you anymore.’”
Another brother, Joseph, age 20, was shocked when he learned of Josh’s infidelity:
“It broke my heart. Whenever somebody you respect the most is willing to get up and proclaim what we believe as Christians, about being true to your wife, you’d never think that that’s the person who’s involved in it.”
John-David still has difficulty verbalizing what happened:
“After everything started to settle down from the first release of stuff in the news about Josh, we got word of a second thing that we had no clue about.
“That was a little more of a shock probably than the first stuff coming out because you look at your brother and you want to think the best about him.”
He discusses the family dynamics in the promotional clip:
“I’ve got a whole bunch of younger siblings looking up to me, and I’ve got to be an example to them.”
“Because whatever I am, that’s what they want to be. I know that’s how it was for me and Josh.”
Josh’s sexual abuse and indiscretions resulted in the cancellation of the Duggars’ TLC reality show, “19 Kids and Counting.”
The new three-part TLC show “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” airs December 13th 8/7 p.m. and follows two of the abused Duggar sisters as they put their lives back together.
Watch a clip of the latest Duggar show here: