Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sat down with Fox News on Wednesday for an unsettling interview that centered on revelations that their son, Josh, admitted to molesting five girls, including his own sisters, Jessa and Jill, when he was a child. “There is so much grief in our hearts. I think, as parents, we felt, ‘We’re failures,'” Michelle told Megyn Kelly. Jim Bob defended the couple’s initial reaction to not report the incident to police when Josh first confessed to them years ago. “As parents, you aren’t mandatory reporters,” Jim Bob said, adding that Josh “was still a kid and he was still a juvenile. He wasn’t an adult … This wasn’t rape or anything like that. This was touching over the clothes.” Eventually, the Duggars sent Josh to work with a family friend, an unlicensed counselor, to address his curiosity about girls. “After that third time he came to us is where we really felt like, we have done everything we can as parents … we need to get help,” Jim Bob explained. Since the scandal erupted, TLC has pulled the Duggars’ popular reality show 19 Kids and Counting from its lineup.
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