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Dillard Family Statement On Josh Duggar Verdict Today

Dillard Family Statement On Josh Duggar Verdict Today

Today was difficult for our family.  Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation.  We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who save kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse. 

Nobody is above the law.  It applies equally to everybody, no matter your wealth, status, associations, gender, race, or any other factor.  Today, the people of the Western District of Arkansas made that clear in their verdict.  As a Christian, we believe we are all equal at the foot of the cross, and, likewise, we are all equal under the law.  Jesus warned his disciples, “…[b]eware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” (Luke 12:1-3).   

Moreover, “[h]e who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17:15).  We have been lied to so much that we wanted to hear the evidence for ourselves in court.  After seeing all the evidence as it was presented, we believe that the jury reached a just verdict today, consistent with the truth beyond a reasonable doubt.

Josh’s actions have rippled far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself.  Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions.  Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future.  This trial has felt more like a funeral than anything else.  Josh’s family has a long road ahead.  We stand with them, we are praying for them, and we will seek to support them however we can during this dark time.         

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78 Comments

  1. Lynne Bollard

    Praying you find some healing with this verdict Jill. It cannot be easy. Even with the guilty verdict the past cannot be erased. And the harm and pain that his children are now living with has changed them for the rest of their lives. I pray that they and you find peace and are surrounded by love and support. Your strength is inspirational. Your boys and future children are so lucky to have you as their mom (and Derek you are a great example of a godly man) Blessings to you always.

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    • CARRIE Ballard

      Thank you so much for your own honesty and my heart breaks for you all. Having a family member who is also an RSO is very difficult, especially if they refuse to deal with their own addiction. I’ll pray for all of you.

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    • AnneMarie

      You’re family was so heavy in my heart this week. I’ve been praying for all involved.
      I prayed for truth, justice, grace and mercy.
      I will continue to lift you all up in my prayers

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    • Sherry Boyce

      Well said.

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    • Vanessa Caballero

      Praying for your family & admiring your courage and commitment to justice. God be with Anna and the kids.

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    • Joy

      I’m praying for your whole family, and praying for all of those innocent children. My heart is breaking for all involved.

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    • Sarrah

      Who is Katie Joy? What lies?

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  2. Kristin

    Dear Dillards,

    You have continued to show grace and love through this time. You are true personifications of Christians and I will continue to be #teamjilldillard in honor of all children that have experienced this kind of trauma.

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  3. Christine P

    I am so proud of you both for seeking the truth and hearing everything for yourself. Josh said it best himself.

    “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life”

    “As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences.”

    I can only hope and pray that Josh does end up taking accountability for his actions. If he had taken accountability none of the people in the jury would have had to be exposed to that awful content. I do pray for Anna to have the strength to walk away, but unfortunately she did not ask for any of this. She has been hurt repeatedly by the man she has blessed with 7 children with. While she has been held to the vows she made, Josh has not been held to the same standard.
    I am so sorry your family is going through this.

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  4. Chantelle

    Thoughts and Prayers sent your way. Derrick, you were there every day, and heard everything. I hope you are ok and can heal too. Jill, stay strong, and hug those boys tight. So much sadness, I’m sorry for everyone. ❤️

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  5. Sarah

    My niece’s father was also indicted in Arkansas for 3 counts CSAM (stemming from May 2019 also), and we were awarded permanent guardianship of her. His trial is upcoming. I can say firsthand that the lifelong trauma effects to children’s brains because of this is so devastating that it cannot be put into words. Our niece literally lost everything because of the evil desires of her father and the others in his home. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Dr. Karyn Purvis, but her TBRI videos have really helped us understand why our niece behaves the way that she does, and how to help her begin to heal. You might check them out at a later time. I am thankful for law enforcement and those that work to ensure that children who are victims of the evil desires of others are held accountable. Let the healing begin. Take care. Love, from WA state.

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  6. Shannon

    You should write a book. Would love to hear your courageous story of escaping the IBLP

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  7. Pam Woelber

    Praying for you and your family Jill. Sin is so ugly and destroys and when it is kept in the dark it festers! May light shine brightly going forth.

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  8. Nancy

    Praying for you all. I can’t imagine the pain you are all enduring. Specially his wife, children and your parents who raised him and taught him right from you. God bless you all,

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  9. Kim

    Jill, your strength and courage is reaching far more people than you will ever know. Thank you for standing against wrong, yet still exuding so much compassion and grace. God is working through you. Praying for your family, especially Anna and the kids as they navigate the future. So much love to your family!

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  10. MArijkE schmidt

    My heart goes out to all children in the world that suffer at the hand of those that should be protecting them.

    Thank you to both of you for your raw honesty at this very difficult time. Take care of your boys and each other. Realize that many people draw strength from your words and the way you lead your lives.

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  11. RM

    A beautiful response to such a indescribable act. May your family find peace during this time.

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  12. Mariana

    Thank you Jill and Derick. I thank you from the bottom of my heart because God has set you up to be brave and courageous, and it has inspired so many of us who have been oppressed by some form of fundamentalism and or phariseeism.

    God is good, and His word comes to be in due time. Praying for everyone, and specially for all the CSAM victims in this fallen world, today.

    Love for you all.

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  13. VictorIa

    Jill Duggar- you are a strong young woman who endured psychological trauma that no one should ever have to face. I am so glad that some justice has been served, even if it’s bitter sweet for your family. Hope this brings some healing.

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  14. Denise

    Praying for God’s strength & comfort for you and all the family.

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  15. Virginia

    I’m sorry. 🙁 I’m a mom to 14 and I have been in these shoes in a different way. A son I was just about to adopt, did something terrible, I had to report and he’s now in jail. Who did he hurt? FIVE of my biological children. It has been a horrible two years trying to get my kids help and I’ve seen the tears and nightmares. We shut down our foster license after adopting 4. The pain of seeing family hurt is unreal. We can’t forget the parents. What they go through after trying their best to raise their kids right. I can’t imagine the pain. I have guilt just knowing I allowed a boy in the house and he hurt my own. It took a long time for me to forgive myself. Jim Bob and Michele are the reason I have a large family. They taught me through exampleship that children are a blessing. No parents are perfect. There are none. But it’s obvious they care for their kids souls tremendously. ❤ Man, my heart goes to Anna, the kids, and family.

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  16. Judy

    I appreciate your words Dillards. I am truly sorry for yours, Anna’s, their kids, the Duggar Family’s, and Josh’s pain. Yes, I include Josh’s pain, because he is hurting, too, and is still beloved of God. We are all equal at the foot of the cross, and at any moment could fall just as hard, but for the grace of God. Perhaps Josh’s pain, wounds, and disillusionment go far deeper than ever articulated. I pray also for discernment and forgiveness for those who fed into and believed the lies of someone like the malicious liar Katie Joy. Be better than that Christians.

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    • Sadie

      Very well said

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    • Mary

      Judy,
      Saying that a perpetrator’s pain and wounds may “go far deeper than ever articulated” feels like a slap in the face — or worse — to victims and survivors. Please understand that your words, whether or not you mean them to, sound to a survivor as if you are excusing or justifying the criminal actions Josh made through the last 20+ years. No pain or wounds will ever justify or excuse a perpetrator’s choice to abuse and commit criminal acts.
      The Bible contains strong words about those who “cause children to stumble.” Zero excuses.

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    • Marijke

      There is no need to use this website for your opinion on somebody else…. Please stop that.
      Just be kind. Not hateful. That’s what Christ says…

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      • Jenn

        Judy was not hateful.

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      • Melissa

        The Lord has put your entire family on my heart the past week and a half. Praying for God’s comfort as you grieve, strength as you walk through this dark time with Josh’s family, and His abundant love and grace to overflow in your hearts. Also praying for your entire family.

        Thank you for your devotion to truth and for being a wonderful example to other Christ followers. Though we have never met, your testimonies and life choices have encouraged me in my own walk with God to always seek to honor Him no matter what, always seek truth, always rest my soul in Him during hard times of brokenness and healing, and not be afraid to have healthy boundaries to guard your heart. Christ shines so beautifully through you both. May the Lord be so near to you all at this time.

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      • NonYa

        This is not malicious at all and they should speak their truth and speak out against child predators! All of your love will not heal a psychopath. Stop brainwashing them and guilting them into feeling like they need to lie about what happened. This is the very reason why I do not agree with this religion. At first I was drinking the Kool aid but now I see how you all guilt innocent people into lying. It’s sinful and very contradicting and not what the Bible says at all.

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      • Christina

        Hi, Jill! I know you probably don’t remember me, but my family and I visited with you and your family (before you were married) several times. We are also a large homeschool family (I have 11 children) although we never could quite buy into the Gothard cult. We used to feel so left out at Grace Bible Fellowship in Conway, lol. I have a lot of thoughts, too many to share here. But, I do have one question I am so curious about. Derrick reminds me (and my friends and family) of my oldest son, Silas. So, of course, he has a special place in our hearts. We have watched your engagement video like a hundred times My question is, how did he feel when courting you? Did he feel like he was biding his time to try to rescue you from an unhealthy situation? Since he was your dad’s prayer partner, was he seeing things he was uncomfortable with, and just decided to keep quiet so that your dad wouldn’t forbid the marriage? I know this is personal so Derrick may not want to answer, but you both seem so willing to open up and share. Thank you for that. I’m so sorry for what the Duggars are going through. When you said it felt like a funeral, I literally wanted to cry. I love you. Praying God will use this in all of your lives to bring you closer to Him.

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    • Cbraaten

      Your words are confirming. However, my only issue is, when you say; “we could equally fall as hard”. He didn’t make a mistake. He didn’t stubble. He committed an act that is against women and children. I’m not saying He can’t find forgiveness. I’m saying we have to watch our actions every day. Good or bad. We have to be diligent and fight against evil. I have faith we are all equal under God. Any act against a person that is evil, should be judged.

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    • Donna Christoffersen

      Josh didn’t fall from grace. He made choices. He is now having to pay for his consequences. Those were his choices over many years that got him to where he is today. Don’t blame God or another for his long list of wicked choices. God gives us our agency and we MUST BE BRAVE AND HONEST enough to take the consequences. Not lie or blame others especially GOD!!

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    • Sydney

      Using god to dismiss these heinous CRIMES is a a huge reason people get away with such cases, and CHILD abuse is swept under the rug. Shame on you. Not the time…

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    • NJS36

      Judy, Josh’s pain??? OMG! Seriously? Josh caused more pain to these poor children.

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    • Alana

      I imagine the pain of the children in the materials found during the investigation far exceed the pain Joshua – who has never admitted guilt or shown any repentance or change of character despite numerous opportunities to do so.

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    • Beks

      This is down right insensitive and inappropriate.

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    • leslie lamirande

      He was found Guilty, not by Katie Joy but by the jury. that says it all.

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    • Jarri Saul

      He is hurting from what? From hurting kids? That’s so painful! It’s hard for someone like me that has been a victim as a child and then grow up and never heal, their is no healing, the trauma is sometimes more than I can handle and then to read a comment like this showing you love and support to Josh, is he hurting from having to be accountable? I just don’t get comments, some things are better unsaid!

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    • TBJM

      Katie offers nothing but love to Dillard’s and the victims Duggar. She wanted nothing more than for justice to be served!

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  17. D.K.

    My heart goes out to your family. I am saddened for what his children will have to endure. Josh is sick, that is pretty clear. It’s a shame he didn’t get the help for his mental issues before it was too late. No sane person would get pleasure in looking at the types of materials that he did,, period….. Not to mention his other past actions….I hope he gets the help he needs in prison. Please help Anna and those children… She will need much love and support. God bless you all.

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  18. L Majors

    I pray for comfort & peace to fill your hearts. Such a dark troubling time. I’ll also pray for Anna & her babies. Her life & the children’s are forever changed. Just so heartbroken for ALL the victims that have been hurt in this.

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  19. Nicole

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and know we’re all praying for you. I pray this next chapter starts to bring peace and healing for everyone involved but especially those he has hurt. I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through this and I’m in awe of your strength and courage.

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  20. Linda Clark

    Beautifully written by you both. My you continue to find peace and love on this uncharted path of life. You have spoken God’s words and that is all anyone needs to hear. Thank you.

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  21. Emily

    Thank you for sharing this. I know it must be hard for you to have to process this in the public eye. Hoping for peace and healing for your family.

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  22. Terri

    I appreciate the honesty you’ve expressed. As a victim myself, I’m very happy that this was taken seriously and not just hid away which seems to be common amongst many religious organizations. God bless you and your family. Let the healing begin.

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  23. ALLIE

    Very well articulated… peace and prayers with you all!

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  24. Sarah katharine

    I admire your strength, bravery and courage through this truth seeking time ❤️ Thinking of you

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  25. SammY

    I am so sorry for your entire family and Anna’s family. I am thankful for justice but also can’t imagine the pain you’re enduring. A funeral sounds like an apt analogy. Praying for healing your entire family and the victims of the abusive material. Also know that you have handled the situation with grace and beautiful faith.

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  26. Jackie

    You are so strong, brave, and resilient Jill. My heart hurts for all involved, but am thankful that justice was served. Your words were well spoken and your use of scripture was SPOT ON. Sending you love and prayers.

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  27. Katelyn

    I greatly appreciate the care and wisdom that you both put into this statement. The road that you two have traveled, so painful and public, I cannot fathom, but I also rejoice as God has sustained your family. Praying for you both.
    Also 2 songs that have comforted me in times of trial.
    Psalm 34- Taste and See by Shane & Shane
    Where Were You? By Ghost Ship

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  28. Nicole

    Prayers for all of you thru this trying time!!

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  29. Sasha

    Beautifully said. My heart hurts for you all, and my prayers are with you.

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  30. SARRAH

    Jill and Derick, all I can say is that you are good and decent people who have shown what it is to be a true Christian. Can’t tell you how much I admire you both. My prayers are with you for I realize that this is a trying time for everyone in your family.

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  31. Anna R.

    I went to bed last night praying for your entire family, and I woke up praying as well. I am glad justice was served, but that doesn’t take away the pain for any of you. I can’t imagine how unbelievably hard this is. I am a former ATI student set free as well. You are an inspiration to me. If you ever need an understanding ear from someone raised with much the same beliefs, you’ve got one. I still love my Lord, but have done away with all the legalism. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed! Doesn’t freedom feel good?! I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Love you all!

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  32. Marijke

    Derick and Jill, I pray that God gives you His Strength and and Comfort, in this period of mourning and sorrow… He will be around you, because He loves you so much.

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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    • Ella

      Praying that you would see Josh through the eyes of the Father. And that you would choose to give Josh grace and mercy just like Jesus has given you. Praying that through that there would be healing. Love you all

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      • Sasha

        Of all the things that could be said to Jill right now, why did you decide this was the number one priority?

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  33. Crystal Gingerich

    Jill you’ve been so brave through this whole ordeal. Derick, you are a huge part of Jill finding the courage to stand against evil. Praying for healing for you all. Losing family because they refuse to see a situation for what it is, is like a death in and of itself. Hugs!

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  34. Alyssa H

    God bless you Jill & Derick for wanting to believe the truth & for seeing the truth. I am praying for everyone’s healing, including yours. There was a lengthy prayer on facebook written by someone calling herself a ‘survivor’ and it was extremely thoughtful. I’m praying it can find its way to Anna, it is addressed to her ‘Dear Anna’. But I am now realizing it could be helpful to you as well.
    https://www.facebook.com/ThrivingForwardBlog/posts/316916443768264

    Stay strong & stand on the Truth, there are plenty of people who love & support you!

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  35. Donna Christoffersen

    Just know you have so much love, respect and total support from all over the world! So hold your head up high and be of good cheer. We have your back!

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  36. Jenn

    This was beautifully written. I’m sorry for your pain. Jesus reigns.

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  37. Amy T.

    So proud of you two. Glad you can support his children and hoping Anna has sense to do what’s best for her kids. I’m concerned for his kids. I’m concerned for Jill and hope her heart is strengthened by justice being served. Praying for you to rest peacefully now and that your focus is on family, fun and some Christmas cheer.
    Celebrating justice and hoping Jill continues her journey of personal growth and education.
    Sending love and respect.

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  38. Hélida Costa

    May God continue to bless and heal your family. Take care of yourself and each other. Our God is Great.

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  39. Frederika Galien

    Sending prayers and so much love to everybody involved. Lot’s of healing needs to happen and my wish for everybody involved is to find healing. I am beyond happy that justice has been served. I also hope that family members (and others) who contributed to the lies go within and start doing the right thing, starting now. I honostly admire you both for the strength and the class you both have shown during the injustice over the years. Much love, Frederika

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  40. Michelle

    This whole situation makes me so sad for Anna. My former husband is addicted to pornography. As a matter of fact, I am writing a book about the effect that a man’s porn use has on his wife. It is such a deep pain. My heart goes out to Josh also, because at some point, he was exposed to something that he has not been able to overcome, as was the case with my former husband. My heart goes out to Josh’s victims, because even with this verdict, the event cannot be erased. My heart also hurts for his parents, whose hearts are grieved and his children, who don’t have their dad. This whole situation just makes me so sad, Praying for your family.

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  41. Stacie

    Good bless you during this time. My heart hurts for everyone involved, but I cannot imagine standing in Jill’s shoes throughout this entire ordeal. You are such a strong, brave, and kind woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, and disciple. I am so sorry you’ve had to experience all the fallout of your brother’s actions.

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  42. Ray santos

    Praying for y’all

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  43. Regina

    I too will be praying for Anna and her children. I don’t know if Josh has left the faith but if he has, I will be praying that he return. Just like in scripture where Jesus talks about the prodigal son who left his father’s home and came back after realizing what a mess he was so it is with Josh. God will welcome him back.

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  44. Morgan

    I hope all of your family gets the healing you all deserve. My heart goes out to you, Jill. I have always had so much admiration for you!

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  45. Claire

    Jill, your bravery and strength is beyond anything I could imagine to have. Prayers to you, your family and your sisters.

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  46. Jackie Biz

    Love and prayers to you and your family during this incredibly difficult and emotional time with this just verdict. Hope, love, and prayers for the future to Joy and her family as well, and that they find comfort and support in you and your family. You all have so much love and support from all over

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  47. MiA J.

    Thank you for taking the time and this opportunity to weigh in on evidence the public wasn’t privy to. You two are probably as objective as any concerned family members in your positions could be, and if you are persuaded by the evidence presented, that goes a long way toward settling the matter in the hearts and minds of others who want to see justice done. May the hearts of any family members who’ve persisted in justification making, victim blaming, and the creation of bogus alternative storylines be pricked. May they stop heaping more damage on top of what’s already been done, seek forgiveness, and begin to live what they’ve so publicly and arrogantly claimed to believe.

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  48. Bethany

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you feel all the love and support you deserve. I have so much respect for you.

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  49. Valerie

    Stay strong. We all love you.

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  50. A Arnet

    I’ve was following the trial closely and praying for Anna and the kids. They’ll continue to be in my thoughts and prayers for the foreseeable future. I don’t know your family personally, but I wish I could give Anna a big hug and tell her how strong she is. I can’t imagine how hard this must all be for her.

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    • A Arnet

      I was following**

      Sorry, I can’t type today ‍♀️

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  51. Jennifer

    I have Been in Anna’s spot. As the predator not only grooms the victims. They groom everyone around them. To make all of us think that they are the perfect person. It took myself and children lots of counseling, plus several years to accept truly what he did. I pray Anna will get there. It is a long process and something you never truly get over, you just get through it. Focus on the kids give them the best possible life they can have.

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  52. Heather

    Jill, you have every reason to walk away from your faith, but you didn’t. You had every reason to make this about your pain and the hardships you went through, but you didn’t. Instead, you have turned to the Cross and pointed us to it, where the one who says “He heals the broken hearted” extends his healing arms to all. You have compassion on the hurting in the midst of your difficulties. That can only come from above. If anyone wants to blame Christians for their hypocrisy, they can also look at what you have been through and how you have responded, and they won’t have an excuse. Your faith is real. Thank you for your testimony.

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  53. Shirley

    Praying for your entire family. The implications of his actions are far reaching for all of you. Especially his victims and his wife and children, as they too are victims. I also pray for his soul.
    The Lord will hold you and guide you in the next steps of each of your journeys. With love and prayers.

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