Earlier this year, the Duggar family was rocked by Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal, and it was revealed that two of his sisters, Jill and Jessa, were among his victims. And now, the women are speaking out about child sexual abuse.
On Sunday night, the TLC documentary Breaking the Silence aired — which features interviews from people who have been sexually abused as children — and the sisters spoke about how awareness for child sexual abuse needs to be heightened.
“I feel like this should be a discussion that people are having, even regularly,” Jessa said, reports E! News. “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.”
Jill and Jessa, along with their mother, Michelle, also participated in a prevention training class hosted by Darkness to Light, an organization that helps to empower and educate people to prevent child sexual abuse.
“It was amazing to understand that there are so many people that deal with the exact same thing in their own families, so just being educated is very good,” Jill said.
Jessa, who is expecting her first child with husband Ben Seewald, also touched on the importance of learning new “things I can do to be more aware, things I can do to set up boundaries and safeguards for my child and children, hopefully, in the future.”