Jana Duggar Calls Mom Michelle a “Role Model” Amid Brother Josh’s Molestation Scandal

Jana and Michelle Duggar
Jana Duggar (here in a Facebook snap with mom Michelle) called the family matriarch her "role model." Courtesy of Duggar Family Official/Facebook

The Duggar family is sticking together. 19 Kids and Counting star Jana Duggar wants the world to know the strength of her mother, Michelle Duggar.

"Love spending time with this sweet lady," Jana, 25, wrote on the family's Facebook page on Thursday, June 11. "So thankful to have her as a role model, a friend and a mom! Always love my time with her."

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Jana's sweet social media post is just one of the Duggar family's updates since Josh Duggar's molestation scandal broke last month. Earlier this week, Jana's sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard both broke their social media silence, with pregnant Jessa posting her 19-week ultrasound, and Jill commemorating her son Israel's first two months with a collection of cute new photos.

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Since their parents Michelle and Jim Bob opened up in a FOX News interview about Josh's actions as a teen, the 27-year-old has kept a relatively low profile, and intends to give his family a fresh start. On Tuesday, June 9, moving trucks were spotted at his Oxon Hill, Md., property as Josh and his family (pregnant wife Anna, daughter Mackynzie, 5, Michael, 3, and Marcus, 2) prepared to move from their current five-bedroom home.

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The Duggar siblings — including one of Josh's victims, Jessa — have defended their brother, who "inappropriately touched" Jessa, Jill, and two other siblings, as well as a family babysitter, when he was 14.

"I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying," Jessa told Megyn Kelly in a follow-up interview on FOX News last week. "I’m like, 'That is so overboard and a lie really.' I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims."

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The family, who has appeared on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and its various specials since 2008, isn't as concerned these days with their reality series. "Life goes on, really. We're not a TV family," pregnant Jessa told Kelly. "We're a family that just happens to be on TV… We're all in harmony as a family," she said. "And we love each other like crazy."

TLC has pulled the series from its network schedule, but has not announced formal plans to cancel it.

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