Duggar Siblings & Spouses Continue to Release Statements Following Josh Duggar’s Conviction: “For Josh, We Fear For His Soul”

“TL;DR, we’d vote him out of the family if it were an option.”

With Josh Duggar convicted last week of possessing and receiving child sex abuse materials, members of the Duggar family have continued to release statements while Josh settles into federal prison. 

As The Ashley told you last week, Josh’s sister Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick were among the first to release a statement following Josh’s conviction, in which they made it clear they felt that justice had been served. Since then, Jinger and Jeremy VuoloJoy and Austin ForsythJason Duggar and Ben Seewald (but, interestingly, not his wife Jessa Duggar Seewald) have all commented publicly on Josh’s actions and conviction.

“Enjoy those 3 hots and cot, Josh.”

Austin– whom attended every day of Josh’s trial, and Joy– whom attended nearly every day– shared identical statements Sunday on their respective Instagram Stories. They stated that they, like Jill and Derick, chose to be in the courtroom so that they could hear the facts and evidence for themselves. (Jill and Derick also stated that they had been “lied to” so much over the years, they wanted to be in court to hear the truth.) 

“Over this last year, as you can imagine, there have been a lot of unanswered questions in our minds regarding Josh,” the statement posted by Joy and Austin reads. “We were able to sit through the trial to hear the evidence for ourselves. We agree with the judicial system’s verdict and we are thankful for the men and women who work tirelessly to protect children and help prevent sexual abuse material. Our hearts break for all CSAM victims. We are praying for Anna and her children.” 

Jinger Duggar Vuolo and husband Jeremy also posted matching statements to Instagram. (They had been silent throughout the trial.) 

The couple— who lives in Los Angeles, away from the Duggars— made it clear that they feel Josh is an embarrassment to his family and his religion, calling him a “hypocrite.”

“We are saddened for the dishonor this has brought upon Christ’s name,” they wrote. “Josh claims to be a Christian. When a professing follower of Jesus is exposed as a hypocrite, the response of many will be to challenge the integrity of Jesus himself.

“They’ll question the legitimacy of a Savior whose so-called followers privately delight in the sins they publicly denounce.”

“We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse,” the couple wrote. “We are also saddened for Josh’s family, his wife and precious children…For Josh, we fear for his soul. ”

“We said what we said!” 

The Vuolos went on to say that they are happy Josh was caught.

” … We are thankful to God for exposing Josh’s actions and to a legal system committed to protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty in this case,” the caption continued. “We are grateful for justice. We are praying for further justice, vindication, protection, and healing for all those who have been wronged.” 

While he didn’t release his own statement, Jason Duggar made it clear that he does not support Josh anymore. Jason reposted Jeremy’s statement, adding, “Well said, @Jeremy_Vuolo.”

Ben Seewald, husband of Jessa Duggar Seewald, has gone on to release a statement, too. Jessa– who has remained close to her parents despite the family’s controversies— did not post any sort of statement. However, Ben’s statement was written as if it were from both him and Jessa.

“From the moment we learned of this case against Josh we have prayed that God would cause the truth to be made known, no matter what it was, and that the facts would be followed wherever they led,” Ben wrote. “We are grieved beyond words over the children exploited and abused in child sexual abuse material, and we are thankful for our justice system in its punishment of such evils.

Just as Jill, Jinger, Joy and their spouses stated, they feel bad for Josh’s wife Anna and their seven children.

“Our hearts break for Josh’s family, and we ask your continued prayers for them in their unfathomable grief and pain they are enduring,” Ben wrote.

Jessa and Jill publicly came out as two of Josh’s molestation victims in 2015, while it was revealed later via lawsuit filed by all four Duggar girls that Jinger and Joy were victims as well. 

As of press time, all of the other adult Duggar siblings have remained silent regarding Josh’s conviction; however, Duggar patriarch and Arkansas State Senate candidate Jim Bob Duggar released a campaign statement over the weekend in which he mentioned the “situation” regarding his son.

“I may not have a chance in heck of winning this election, but I sure have the audacity to try.”

Click here to read Jim Bob’s statement and the backlash he received as a result of it. 

RELATED STORY: Jim Bob Duggar Says He’s “Heartbroken” Over Son Josh’s Conviction In Newly Released Political Statement; Released Political Statement; Gets Totally Slammed: “You Need to Withdraw From This Election” 

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10 Responses


  1. It speaks volumes that all of the siblings and partners that did speak out say that
    a. We went to court to hear the evidence ourselves (apparently they didn’t want to hear Jimbo’s version, that’s quite a rift in the Duggar family)
    b. We heard the evidence and he is absolutely no doubt guilty.
    c. We pray for Anna and the kids. Nobody says they’ll pray for Josh anymore.
    Now that he’s guilty, they won’t pray for him anymore.
    I think Jimbo and Michelle have said they’ll pray for Josh’s soul but all the others seem to think it’s too late.

    I wonder whether Anna will finally be allowed to divorce Josh, now that he is officially a monster.
    Who will help her financially?


  2. It is really interesting to see how the Duggar kids are speaking out against Josh. Many of these statements read as if years of bottled up feelings are coming out. Curious to see how the dynamics between the kids and Jim Bob and Michelle change. It looks like Jill might not be the only kid not allowed back at the Duggar compound.


  3. I wonder how it feels for those girls to, at long last, see Josh held responsible and punished for *some* of his crimes against children.


  4. Joy and Austin’s statement is pretty powerful, and the best one yet. Austin looked like he wanted to murder (presumably) Josh throughout trial week.


  5. I think it was Jason who shared Jeremy’s post and said “well said” and I think that’s as much as we’re going to get out of him.


    1. Its tricky the wording…hes not eligible for 40 years…only 20 because what “looks” like two charges, is actually one. The other charge falls under the umbrella of the first one if you will. He won’t get 20, but he will get more than ten. Josh rejected the original plea deal of ten years…so I’m calling he will get 13-15 years.

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