Transcript for New Details About Bombshell Josh Duggar Sexual Abuse Allegations
We begin tonight with the Duggar family facing harsh public barb backlash following allegations of sexual abuse involving their then teenager son. The star of the "19 kids and counting," say two of their own daughters were alleged victims. Tonight they are speaking out. Josh has done some very bad things and he's -- he's very sorry. Tonight, the Duggar family speaking out for the first time about the secret that's haunted their family for more than a decade. He keeps crying and he had just turned 14 and he said that he had actually improperly touched some of our daughters. Reporter: Jim bob and Michelle sitting down with fox News megyn Kelly about their oldest son josh Duggar, now 27 say he confessed about inappropriate sexual contact with as many as five under aged girls including two young sisters. He was still a kid and still a juvenile. He wasn't an adult. This was not rape or anything like that. This was like touching somebody over their clothes. A couple of instances where he touched them under their clothes but it was like a few seconds. Reporter: The parents stressing tonight the touching was improper but their daughters were either asleep or didn't understand they were being molested. They weren't even aware. It was like -- it wasn't to them -- they probably didn't understand it was improper touch. Reporter: The disturbing details in sharp contrast to the family's squeaky clean image. This is the story of my family. We're the duggars. They have been portrayed on their show, "19 kids and counting" as a conservative Christian family who played and prayed together. The ray of hope that josh told us and his heart was still soft. Reporter: The latest in a bombshell scandal that broke last week when "In touch" magazine released the first of two leaked police reports that say that josh was investigated but never charged for multiple sex offenses. The duggars say they are victims because the reports were unlawfully leaked. It has been an unprecedented attack on our family. Stepping forward defending their brother. They can't do this to us. The system was set up to protect kids, it's greatly failed. Reporter: When the scandal broke, josh Duggar resigned from the family research council where he espoused political ideals. I believe every child deserves a mother and father. I'm sure grateful for mine. Reporter: Possibly marking the end of what looked to be a promising career in politics where he touted his image as a loving his band and soon to be father of four. During his highly watched wedding in 2008, the couple waiting until they said "I do" to kiss for the first time. Four years ago, I interviewed josh and Anna at the Texas home schooling conference where they met. There are many definitions of courtship. For us, it meant really choosing purity, choosing to wait for a lot of things that people would take for granted. Our first kiss was on our wedding day. Reporter: Wow, okay then. That's what it meant for us. Reporter: I spoke to Jim bob as he was preparing to give away Jill in marriage. Giving away your son is nothing like giving away your daughter. The guy is the protector over the girl. To give your daughter away to a guy, you have to be careful. Probably a bigger lump in your throat, dad. It really is. It's hard. Every time he's talk aing, he'll tear up. Reporter: Tonight, we learned Jill was one of the daughters victimized. What makes a case like this complicated is that you are talking about a child allegedly Moll lestic other children. Those cases always get really difficult F. The authorities investigated this earlier, the parents could have been charged, as well. Reporter: The statute of limitations had expired. No charges were ever filed. They could have been charged for failing to report this in a timely fashion. That's a felony in the state of Arkansas. And they could have faced the possibility of up to six years behind bars. Reporter: Josh Duggar himself did not sit down for an interview and only released this statemt last week on Twitter and Facebook. I acted inexcusably for which I'm extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I treat a lot of people who have been molested, who have actually molested and nobody in the family ever reported it. These are health wealthy families, a whole range of families that would know or should know to make a report and it never happens. That's why these things live in secrecy for so long. The fact that the duggars actually did something, reported it, stopped it, tried to make an intervention is really unusual. But it is unusual in a positive way. Reporter: Dr. Robbie Ludwig says the family environment may have played a role. If you live in an environment where you are an adolescent and you are somehow taught or led to mallistic, what do you do with those impulses? I think that's what happened He was 14. What happened is not okay under Reporter: Tonight the duggars say everyone in their family again they are turn ING to their Our son violated god's That was terrible but yet I unforgiveable.
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