Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard discuss the potential dangers they face as Christian missionaries on tonight’s all new Counting On.
Long story short: They’re not in Arkansas anymore.
Yes, there is crime anywhere you go in the world today, but it’s worse in El Salvador, where people get sexually assaulted all the time.
So says Derick in a preview for Counting On Season 3 Episode 2, and while he seems to have a good handle on it, it’s clearly unnerving.
Jill Duggar admits below that she and Derick do feel uneasy when hearing about their neighborhood’s high incidence of violent crime.
"It’s risky here," she says in the sneak peek below.
"We stand out as Americans, so definitely we’re higher risk," the 25-year-old mom to Israel, 16 months, tells the TLC cameras.
"You have to talk about things," says the second eldest Duggar daughter, "that probably a lot of couples wouldn’t talk about back in the States."
Those things, she says, include the unthinkable.
"We’ve been married almost two years … we have a little baby," she tells the camera in a joint sit-down with her spouse.
"If we were back in the States, we wouldn’t be talking about, ‘Now if you die, what am I supposed to do from there?’"
"If you don’t come home after you are supposed to [at] this hour, then what do I do?’ It’s hard to talk about those things," Jill adds.
At the same time, it’s good experience: "It’s also good for us to [know] like, if something happened, what I’m supposed to do."
Also, they insist that it’s all worth it.
Dillard says that the good they’re doing to help the locals, and humanity as a whole, helps him push any concerns to the back of his mind.
"I do love my life here," he says.
"There’s not another place in the world I’d rather be right now, but there’s obviously times when I’m going to miss my life in America."
There’s also the Zika virus issue.
For the most part, it’s the violence that concerns them most of all, rather than the mosquito-borne illness and its side effects.
Previously, Derick also spoke about the preponderance of crime that permeates live in the impoverished third world country.
"There are a lot of dangerous realities that do come with living in a place like Central America," Derick said of their life there.
"Kidnappings, rape, murder," Dillard lamented, "those are just the realities that everyone here has to face on a daily basis."
Derick’s point that there is more lawlessness and violent crime in many South and Central American countries than in the US is valid.
Still, some fans were upset that he would take this opportunity to bemoan the prevalence of sexual assault in El Salvador.
On TV, and while his own wife was sitting right there.
Jill was, after all, molested by her older brother Josh Duggar, along with several of her sisters when they were younger.
Obviously, it’s not the same. We recognize that.
But for all the lip service paid to the seriousness of Josh’s crimes, the Duggars don’t seem to get the seriousness of this, either.
Like it or not, the fact that they live with a child molester who evaded the authorities with the help of his parents taints a lot of things.
If they really internalized that, it might change a lot.
They can’t erase what happened, but perhaps Derick would think twice before making comments like this, even if his intentions aren’t bad.
Maybe we’re reading too much into this one comment, but considering the context and the lasting impact of sex crimes on women?
It’s worth thinking and talking about. That’s all.
Anyway, check out the sneak preview below: