For a brief but emotional moment, Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard spoke out on Wednesday night about the allegations that their brother, Josh, had molested five underage girls as a teen.
In an interview with Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, the sisters identified themselves as two of of the girls Josh had molested, and they admitted they were overwhelmed when they learned that their story had gone national.
“We are victims, they can’t do this to us,” Jill, 24, said of the attention focused on her and her family as she wiped tears from her eyes.
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Her younger sister, Jessa, 22, added: “The system that was set up to protect kids, both those who make stupid mistakes or have problems like this in their life and the ones that are affected by those choices. It’s greatly failed.”
While Jessa admitted that what their brother did was “very wrong,” she wanted to speak up against people who are calling Josh a child molester, pedophile or rapist. “I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie really,” she said. “I mean, people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”
The sisters will be speaking more in a one-hour special of The Kelly File airing Friday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News.