I was a Scientologist for eight years. Although I identified as one I didn’t really understand what actually being a Scientologist fully entailed until after a couple of years of being heavily indoctrinated. The reality of Scientology is deceptively hidden and cleverly disguised. When I look at Scientology today, I have to forgive myself for not seeing through the manipulation sooner. I’ve spent the last 13 years keeping Scientology out of my life. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve realized that the religion is built on a foundation of violence. I’m proud to add my voice to the many who, despite fear of retribution and humiliation, have come forward to tell of our experiences. This is my story.
When asked by interviewer Megyn Kelly about their initial reactions upon learning details of their case had been released to the public, the Duggar sisters responded emotionally. Jill, 12 at the time of the molestation, faltered and began to cry as she attempted to speak. Younger sister Jessa said that the victims were “pretty furious.”
During their interview Friday night with Megyn Kelly, Duggar sisters Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald stuck strictly to the family line and downplayed the actions of their brother and molester, Josh Duggar. “We were like, ‘Oh, my goodness, most of the stuff out there is lies,” Dillard said. “It’s not true, so we wanted to come out and set the record straight.”