Duggar Family Speaks Out on Josh: We Forgive Him, But Don't Trust Him

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On March 15, the Duggars will return to TV with the first full season of Jill & Jessa: Counting On.

Not surprisingly, the Duggar siblings have returned to the spotlight in a big way in order to promote the show, and their latest interview with People magazine may be their most revealing to date.

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Asked about their feelings regarding the Josh Duggar sex scandals and their troubled brother's road to redemption, Michelle and Jim Bob's kids are remarkably forthcoming.

In their assessment of the controversy that shattered their family's reputation, Josh's siblings do not mince words.

"I definitely have forgiven Josh. It is a process, though, that you have to work through in your heart," says Jessa Duggar.

"And trust is not quickly rebuilt. It is something that takes a while. We love him very much, though, and we are very hopeful for the future." 

Younger sister Joy-Anna echoes the sentiment, adding, "I have forgiven him and I feel that, but the trust is not there."

Even the in-laws agree. Jessa's husband, Ben Seewald, shares his thoughts on his disgraced brother-in-law, saying:

"I love Josh and I want the best for him. There are a lot of people who have been hurt in this situation."

"I want to look for ways to help heal the situation for Josh and for Anna and their kids especially."

Despite speaking out publicly for the first time in the new trailer for the show (above), Anna appears to be standing by her cheating man.

Not that it's been an easy decision.

Initially, the family circled the wagons and defended him after it was revealed that Josh molested five young girls, four of whom were his sisters.

They took a darker view of the 28-year-old father of four, however, after it was revealed that he'd been unfaithful to his wife, Anna Duggar.

Jessa took shots at Josh in an interview, and even her parents, who had previously been accused of helping Josh conceal his misdeeds, were livid.

Jim Bob and Michelle spoke out and publicly condemned his actions as an affront to his wife, their entire family and their values.

We're guessing the family will have even more to say about their year of scandal on their new reality show next Tuesday night. 

Stay tuned.

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Duggar Family Quotes

Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar on saying yes (yes, and more yes) to sex

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar