Jessa Duggar speaks out about her family’s scandals, child sexual abuse


During the rush of Duggar news last week, People Magazine got several “exclusives” from someone they described as a “Duggar source” or a “family member” or something like that. I felt – and I still feel – that there’s a good chance Jessa Duggar-Seewald has gone rogue a little bit. I mean, she’s still a believer in most Duggar-related things, but I think Jessa is really tired of Josh Duggar’s nonsense, AND she hopes Anna leaves him AND Jessa hopes that everyone will stop paying attention to Josh and focus on her pregnancy. So Jessa and her husband Ben went to the Southern Women’s Show in North Carolina this weekend (to promote her book, Growing Up Duggar: It’s all About Relationships, I sh-t you not) and Jessa said some words.

How Jessa is dealing with the drama: “You just have to keep your focus and trust God.”

Ben on how they’re dealing: “You have to stay true to yourself and your foundation.”

Ben on whether they would do reality TV again: “We live a peaceful, quiet life, but I wouldn’t rule it out if people were interested in our family.”

But they’ll never watch themselves on TV, Jessa says: “Ben has a lot of books, but we don’t have a TV, he reads the news on the laptop.”

[From People]

I can’t believe that they don’t even have a TV. Oh, wait, I guess I can believe it. And I guess Jessa isn’t allowed to read the news on the computer? Is that one of the rules for women? Womenfolk are not allowed to watch the news, or read the news online. Womenfolk may look at the newspaper, but only the comic strips (but not that harlot Cathy).

Meanwhile, the Duggars’ sad little documentary about child abuse and molestation aired last night on TLC. I noted at the time that no one would watch it because it was airing the same night as the VMAs. It doesn’t seem like anyone missed anything? Jessa and Jill – two of Josh’s victims – said that they want to do more work on the issue of child sex abuse. Jessa said: “I feel like this should be a discussion that people are having, even regularly. I think that it shouldn’t be a taboo subject and that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse and talking about it.”


Photos courtesy of Jessa’s social media.

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  1. JudyK says:

    Oh, ugh, who cares.

    • Tilly says:

      IKR? We don’t get this family on TV where I live but despite that I feel like I know everything about them.

      Reality TV has a lot to answer for!!!! Grrrr!

    • Pandy says:

      Seriously – good bye already. it’s been 17 minutes now.

  2. Heat says:

    Maybe I’m being a bit picky, but I find myself eye-rolling a little more than usual at: BEN has a lot of books…BEN reads the news on the laptop…but WE don’t have a tv.

    • Joh says:

      I wonder about the “news” he reads.
      I mean, on a lot of far right websites you can find proof that Allison Parker was not killed!
      Did you know that?
      Ben can pick his “news” and thus his reality on a computer in ways you cannot on TV.

    • Savannah says:

      “Ben reads the news on the laptop”

      Uh…Jessa darling, I’m pretty sure thats not all he is looking at on the laptop. Is this the gay husband? Or was it her sister who drew that lucky straw.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I smirked a little, because it was unintentionally honest. Because, seriously, it’s pretty clear that Jessa’s main recreation in life is taking selfies.

    • zinjojo says:

      That comment jumped out at me too. So only Ben reads or uses the internet? And, as lunchcoma points out above, Jessa spends her time taking selfies. Thirsty, thirsty selfies.

      And his comment about their “peaceful, quiet life” but they’re open to another show. No kidding! They want one SO bad.

      • FLORC says:

        The way she’s been going about this. Yea. She wants a spin off horribly!
        And the Benn does all the news stuff…. I don’t think she cares to do it. Even if she was or is allowed.
        And typing “allowed” made me a little sick.

        On a side note I wrote myformer cable company to stop calling me to get their service again since they still will have me paying for TLC in some capacity and I won’t contribute to that terrible network and their profits over decency. Which is what I explained to them when I cancelled the service.

    • Cee says:

      Don’t they know you can watch TV on a laptop too? Or am I missing something?

  3. Joh says:

    You can’t tell the grifter from the grift.

  4. Lilacflowers says:

    That’s what is wrong with my life! I read newspapers., Jaysus forgive me for being such a harlot!

  5. dr mantis toboggan says:

    Why would anyone buy the book? These people have the same answer for everything: God

    • Hazel says:

      Exactly. That ‘s keeping the focus, I guess. Meaning no new information must be allowed into the brain.

  6. Andrea says:

    Is her “touch down” t-shirt not the trashish thing ever? I mean, that’s gross! She must be too simple to realize the reference. I’m starting to really HATE these people. I just wish the single daughters could escape!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I thought the same. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say she probably doesn’t get it.

    • LadyJane says:

      Thank GOD someone else said it. I was worried I had the most warped mind ever. Either she is very savvy or very stupid.

    • Murphy says:

      they are obsessed with sex. but it has to be the married and straight kind. Jesus doesn’t mind if you talk about that kind 24/7.

    • Hawkeye says:

      Naive person here… I’m afraid to Google – what am I missing?

      • Jessiebes says:

        Not an American here. But I think it is about a baseball reference. First base: kissing. Second base: touching over the clothes. And I assume a touchdown is sexual intercourse resulting in a baby?

        But I could be wrong.

      • ncboudicca says:

        a “touchdown” is scoring in American Football. 🙂

      • Jessiebes says:

        Alright, got my American sports confused. 😉.
        So what does the touchdown t-shirt imply?

      • Hawkeye says:

        Ohhhhhhhh okay, thanks ncboudicca! I was thinking maybe the touchdown thing was related to the hand prints and I thought I would end up looking at all kinds of gross and possibly illegal things if I innocently googled! @Jessiebes you’re pretty close in your assessment!

      • Jag says:

        It’s both a football reference for scoring 7 points in American football, and what Jessiebes described with “petting”: in that a touchdown is a “score,” and a score is a “home run” in baseball – which is also getting to “home base” a la intercourse on the petting scale.

        It’s convoluted, but yeah, that’s what I thought about the shirt. lol

    • Hazel says:

      Yeah, I really hope Jana, Jinger (I hate typing it that way! But then, I have an education…), & Joy-Anna can get emancipated.

  7. minx says:

    Is this guy ever going to get a job now that the TLC gravy train is over?
    I don’t believe one word out of this little chickie’s mouth. She’s mad because her baby won’t get the attention that Jill’s did.
    Everything about this family is fake.

  8. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    So sorry, but I’m not very interested in her take on child sexual abuse since it seems to consist of “it’s not that big of a deal” and “forgive the abuser” and “tips on how not to get molested.” In fact, this uneducated, brainwashed baby machine really has nothing to say that interests me. Seems like she misses the spotlight.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I forgot to DVR their special on Touching Little Children last night (and I am not exactly upset about that either, mind you). I’m with you – I don’t think anything she or her family might have to say on the topic of sexual abuse of children would ever remotely interest me, but it might enrage me and make me weep. I also agree that she is livid that the spotlight is no longer on her and that she and her man-child husband are upset that they have lost the money and freebies that their reality TV stardom once afforded them.

      But here’s my question: why is continuing to be famous (infamous?) so important to her and at least some of her other family members? I do not buy the excuse that TV is their way of proselytizing to the masses. This family seems to have an almost pathological desire to keep the cameras on them even after some of their deepest and most disturbing secrets have been exposed and they have been repeatedly vilified for their bizarre choices. It makes no sense to me!

      • Tara says:

        Maybe TLC (am keeping the Touching Little Children reference) is fame-ho nirvana, with endless candy and breakfast buffets?

  9. BooBooLaRue says:

    I have to wonder if she is barefoot

  10. Liz says:

    ugh – too bad her husband is a cat-hater and animal abuser. this family disgusts me all over. please stop covering them. more european royals and models. 😉

    • minx says:

      The other husband tried to run over the cat. Jill’s husband.

      • Tilly says:

        Is that right? What an evil PoS.

        I’ve come across a few people in my time on this planet who’ve claimed to be religious and ‘very close to God’ but have been like this … they say one thing and then do something that makes you go, ‘Woah!’ Hence I’m always very wary about people who over-profess things. It’s a bit like people who go on about how rich they are – often you’ll find out the truth is the opposite. If you have to go on and on about something maybe it’s yourself you’re trying to convince, not others.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Is Jessa’s husband the one who hates Catholics?

      • Lurker says:

        Yes, this one is married to the jobless Catholic hater. The other one is married to the cat guy who, unbelievably, went to a real college and got a real degree and had a real job.

      • zinjojo says:

        Right, this is the one who dropped out of school to work for Jim Bob and get married as a teenager.

      • doofus says:

        “Hence I’m always very wary about people who over-profess things. It’s a bit like people who go on about how rich they are – often you’ll find out the truth is the opposite. If you have to go on and on about something maybe it’s yourself you’re trying to convince, not others.”

        Tilly, exactly. whether faith, wealth or marriage, if you’re screaming about how WONDERFUL it all is, it likely ISN’T.

        same goes for those who preach AGAINST something, like Toe-tappin’ Larry Craig. and Josh Duggar!

  11. Joy says:

    As an Arkansan, I cringe and hope they will just go away.

  12. Bridget says:

    Or in other words, “Please give us another reality show, because we’re married and pregnant at 19 and 20 and neither of us have an education or skills or desire to get a real job”

    • minx says:

      I know. These are two able bodied young kids who should be working , or at least going to school and learning something for later. What do they do all day, besides praying and going on social media? Get jobs, you layabouts!

      • Hazel says:

        He’s enrolled in some on-line college; she takes selfies & curls her hair. I think that’s it. I don’t believe for one second that she did any of the writing for her book, either.

    • lucy2 says:

      Nailed it.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Plus, nobody pays attention to me anymore and Jill got her own special!

      • Bridget says:

        “And I’m so much prettier than Jill, everyone will want to see MY baby!”

        These two are going to end up completely broke and with a pack of children they can’t pay for.

  13. meme says:

    Are these people never going away? Are they faux Christian equivalent of the Kumtrashians?

    • jenn12 says:

      This is brilliant. And yes. They even put the Duggar women on the cover of people and put the American soldiers on the Paris train in a tiny spot.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        Last week’s subscriber edition of People had the Americans on the French train as the cover subjects. The Duggars were the cover subjects for the previous week. I am not sure if the newsstand editions have different covers though.

  14. Tim Whatley says:

    Why is he always wearing a back-pack? What is in it? I’m guessing his porn, booze and fireworks.

  15. Murphy says:

    No that’s BS-they have a television, they got it to “watch Arkansas hogs football games”

    • Ennie says:

      go Razorbacks! (I visited Fayetteville and hung out with a bunch of college liberals, lovely people, BTW, and the town was beautiful, including the Ozarks)

  16. Idon'tCare says:

    My only thought on the subject of the Duggars………..GO AWAY ALREADY!!!!

  17. Size Does Matter says:

    She’s so young. Sad.

  18. enough says:

    I also don’t believe they don’t have a TV . Maybe they are just utterly broke lol. I mean who doesn’t have a TV even if you don’t really watch? Anyway they just seem like they are begging to have another reality … Maybe they can have one and the theme will be ” living in denial about growing up in a cult”.
    Also I am sure after the last scandal with her brother that she was looking into her husband having an Ashley madison account. They just keep breeding more and more people that will have huge repression issues . The world progresses and things have and will always change. Even morals. I mean ages ago if you would wear a short skirt you were called prostitute . Now people can walk around half naked and it’s ok in most places. Some values should always remain, but anyone who says they live by the bible is either a big liar or a delusional hermit. I am sick of these people pretending to be so moral and above the rest . No one lives by the 10 commandments get over yourselves .

  19. j9 says:

    If this poor brainwashed idiot would smarten up, she could make an absolute killing by going rouge for real! Get a reality show that has her confront and call out all her kooky family about their hipocracy and their oppressive archiac lifestyle that she was victimized by. Sue the bejesus belt out of them for a bundle of cash, (lawyers paid for by the network of course), for the years and years of exploitation and abuse she has been subjected to her whole life by her “family” and “religion” and FINALLY tearing the disgusting pervert brother a serious new A-hole on TV and telling him if he comes near her kids she will have him strung up. Now THAT would be good TV.

  20. chaine says:

    It’s mind-boggling to me that these girls are still promoting the book “Growing up Duggar,” which came out a year-and-a-half ago, according to Amazon, so obviously does not mention that part of growing up Duggar means being forced to live for years in the same house with the older brother who molested four of you.

  21. Annie says:

    “We live a peaceful, quiet life, but I wouldn’t rule it out if people were interested in our family.”

    We’re not though. So you can go shave your back now.

  22. My Two Cents says:

    The eccentric groups that believe like they do, don’t have TV’s. They don’t like to expose themselves to the ‘wicked ways’ of the world outside their group. It’s about mind control without influence from the world. Duggars are still trying to hold on to their 15 minutes because it was easy money and it’s all they know. After all, to go from no telling how much money per season to having to work for a paycheck is a difficult concept!

  23. Elleno says:

    My career advice for Jessa: read some books, gain some actual knowledge and understanding of the world, realize you can love God without all these ridiculous rules=>re-launch TV career

  24. holly hobby says:

    Wow for someone who calls other women harlots, jessa really favors tight shirts. So are the other wackos telling their brothers “nike” when they see her walk by?

    I hope last night’s special about touching children tanks in the ratings and we never see this family again. Unless Big forehead is hauled to jail of course.

  25. iheartgossip says:

    Too late, honey. Should have YEARS ago when your family was preaching hate. Go away now.

  26. Betti says:

    Jessa speaks out to get attention more like. God forbid we pay attention to her brother and his crimes – the real crime is not showing an interest in her and her pregnancy. *end sarcasm*

  27. Blu says:

    “Ben has a lot of books” I wonder if they are all picture books.

  28. Amy says:

    Those girls are survivors of a molester IN THE FAMILY. They need OUT and therapy, not being forced into talking about child abuse because their family needs good PR.

  29. Serenity says:

    I dislike her and family and the cult they belong to and everything it stands for – which is simply the oppression and subjugation of women. Like we’re the lesser sex or something. It infuriates me!!!!

  30. reuben says:

    Well, dontcha know if hubby’s got control of the laptop his cruising for mistresses and porn is his business and not the little lady’s … Just ask Josh!!