Duggars Put Locks on Doors as a Safeguard Following Alleged Molestation

Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard spoke to Fox News' Megyn Kelly about Josh Duggar.

June 6, 2015, 6:41 AM

— -- One of the Duggar girls said that her parents placed locks on the doors among other safeguards after her brother Josh Duggar allegedly molested her.

Jessa Seewald and her sister Jill Dillard spoke to Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly about their brother, who has been accused of inappropriately touching minors when he was a teen. Seewald recalled when their parents told them individually about the molestation.

"I was like shocked," she said. "I didn't know. I didn't understand, 'Okay, this is what's happened' until my parents told me."

Dillard added that her brother made some "very bad decisions."

"He's going to suffer the consequences of those decisions," she said.

On "The Kelly File," Seewald credited her parents for taking action after the alleged abuse, while Dillard mentioned safeguards implemented such as locks on the doors and separating the boys and girls in their own rooms.

In a preview for the interview that was earlier released, Seewald, 22, identified herself as "one of the victims" and said it's melodramatic to call her brother a "pedophile," "rapist" or "child molester."

Her older sister, Dillard, 24, also defended their family, which has been lambasted in the media since the allegations became public.

"Some people, I've heard them say, you know, 'you're hypocrites.' Well, if you go back and look at everything people that have seen in our lives, in television, you know, we've never claimed to be a perfect family," she said. "My parents have always actually stated you know, 'We are not a perfect family.'"

Last month, Josh Duggar, now 27, responded to reports that in 2006, he had been investigated by police for touching underage girls by saying he had "acted inexcusably." His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, spoke out to Megyn Kelly earlier in the week, explaining that their son tearfully confessed his behavior to them nearly a decade ago and that as a result, they got him and his victims counseling.

“He said he had improperly touched some of our daughters,” Jim Bob Duggar said. “He said he was just curious about girls and he had gone in and touched them over their clothes when they were sleeping.”

"There was so much grief in our hearts. I think, as parents, we felt, 'We're failures,'" added Michelle Duggar. "You know, here we tried to raise our kids to do what's right -- to know what's right ... We were devastated."

The parents said that the children all had counseling and the incidents with their son did not continue.

The family's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting" was pulled from the TLC lineup and Hulu shortly after the allegations went public. No other announcements about the future of the show have been made.

“We are fine whether they film us or not,” said Jim Bob Duggar.

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