Jill Duggar: I'm Teaching My Kids About Sex So They Don't End Up Like Me! (Or Josh!)

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We've spoken before about the Duggar family's strange obsession with sex. 

This fixation is one of the more bizarre aspects of their lifestyle, as it seems to run counter to Jim Bob's evangelical belief system, which controls so much of what his kids think and say and do.

But when you take a large group of children and adolescents and make a really big deal out of something that's off limits to them, it's a safe bet that they'll think about it a lot.

Josh Duggar and His Wife

Needless to say, that's exactly what happened with the Duggars ... with disastrous results.

Often, when media outlets describe the Josh Duggar sex scandals, they do so in a way that centers the perpetrator instead of the victims.

You hear phrases like "Josh Duggar molested five young girls, four of whom were his sisters," which remove the humanity of the traumatized children.

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This story focuses on one of Josh's victims, Jill Duggar, and the ways in which she's dealt with being betrayed by the people who were supposed to protect her.

These days, Jill has cut ties with her parents, which is remarkable in its own right.

It's unclear if the move had anything to do with their decision to protect Josh from prosecution, it seems clear that the abuse she endured is very much on her mind these days.

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In a new interview with Us Weekly, Jill revealed that she and her husband, Derick Dillard, are teaching their kids about se 'in an effort to protect them'.

The couple kicked things off in a lighthearted fashion, joking that the time has come for them to put a lock on their bedroom door,

“We’ve talked about that,” Jill told the outlet while promoting her YouTube channel.

Derick Dillard Smiles at Husband

“We really need to get [a lock] because the boys learned how to unlatch our door," Jill says.

"My parents had one on their door. It’s about time we did.”

From there, the conversation shifted to the more serious topic of keeping kids safe.

"We definitely want our kids also to have the ability to protect themselves," Jill said.

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"Knowledge is power and you would be amazed at a three and five-year-old — our kids now — just learning about their body," she added.

"What our five-year-old might know, our three-year-old might not."

As for the occasional awkward moment, Derick says they've learned to take them in stride:

"To kids, everything's new, so it's probably more embarrassing for the parent than the kid."

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Voted

"Kids are like, 'Well, I don't have any reason to think this is an embarrassing topic,' he said.

"Growing up, we always learned the anatomical names for body parts and didn’t use colloquial names or euphemisms or whatever, which I think can protect against abuse," Dillard continued.

"Because then whenever kids talk about things that went on, then people might not know what they’re talking about."

Jill & Der in 2020

"But if you're open and honest with your kids, they'll feel comfortable talking to you," Derick added.

"And if they say something happened, it’s very clear what happened."

Jill added that she and Derick stress body autonomy in their lessons.

Derek Makes a Point

"In our bathroom, we have a little sign, "My Body Rules." If there's a babysitter here in our home, they're gonna see that too," she said.

This is obviously a far cry from the way that Jill and her siblings were raised - and that's sort of the point.

The infamous Duggar courtship rules are so strict that couples aren't even allowed to kiss before marriage.

Jill and Derick in the Snow

And it seems obvious now that those rules backfired in the worst way and resulted in serious psychological damage.

That's putting it mildly. It's one thing if rules don't have the desired effect; It's another if they do more harm than good.

Clearly that happened here. But you can only look forward in life, and learn from mistakes to avoid repeating them.

Jill and Derick Mask Up

With her new approcah, Jill hopes that a less restrictive attitude with her own offspring will have the opposite result.

And honestly, we make the jokes when she and Derick give us way TMI about their love life, but we respect it.

Thankfully, someone is finally doing their best to reassess and break the cycle of abuse within the Duggar family.

Jill & Der in 2020

Of course, that won't save the youngsters from reading about some of mom and dad's interviews online one day.

Like the one where we found out that Jill and Derick rail each other four times a day on certain occasions.

No kid wants to think about that!

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