Jinger Duggar Reflects on Brother Josh Duggar’s ‘Nightmare’ Molestation Scandal in 2015
Jinger Vuolo (née Duggar) reflected on feeling “shell-shocked” after brother Josh Duggar’s “nightmare” molestation scandal became public knowledge in 2015 in her new book, The Hope We Hold. Josh Duggar's Parents and Sisters Break Silence on Child Porn Charges Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar revealed during a 2015 interview with Megyn Kelly their eldest son, now 33, molested five girls between 2002 and 2003 when he was 14 and 15 years old. It was later confirmed some of those girls were his sisters, including Jessa Seewald (née Duggar), 28, and Jill Dillard (née Duggar), 29. The situation resulted in TLC canceling 19 Kids and Counting. “My brain hadn’t quite caught up to the reality of what had happened in a few short hours,” Jinger, 27, wrote in her book, which is cowritten by husband Jeremy Vuolo, 33. “Earlier that day, Dad had gathered my siblings and me to tell us that the worst trial in our family history, a trial we had long since dealt with and made our peace with, was now public knowledge.” At the time, Josh released a statement amid the scandal. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he wrote. “I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.” Jinger said she felt “shell-shocked, as if a bomb had exploded” when “intimate details” about her family members were now out “for anyone and everyone to read.” She recalled, “I moved in a daze, living in a nightmare that I wished with all my heart wasn’t real.” “One of my siblings had made some sinful choices, but it had all been years ago. It had been awful, but we had dealt with it as a family,” she continued. “We’d sought the Lord, took the necessary steps to move toward healing, and offered up our forgiveness. Now that it was out in public, the old wound was open again, raw, painful.” The Duggars “hid out” at “a friend’s property” amid the scandal. The Counting On star’s now-husband, who was friends with Jessa and husband Ben Seewald, 25, was struck by her positivity and strong sense of faith during a trip to Arkansas before he began courting Jinger. “Here was a woman in one of the greatest trials of her life, and she wasn’t …
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