Sheryl Underwood, Molestation Victim, Breaks Down While Slamming Duggars For “Rationalizing” Sexual Assaults (VIDEO)
Sheryl Underwood, a victim of molestation when she was a child, broke down on “The Talk” on Thursday while slamming the Duggars’ controversial interview about son Josh Duggar’s molestation. Watch below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar appeared on Wednesday’s “Kelly File” on Fox News, discussing how a then-14-year-old Josh molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. The “19 Kids and Counting” stars largely defended their son, which prompted outrage from the public and Hollywood alike. Underwood, who has spoken about her own sexual abuse on her talk show in the past, was especially upset, because the issue struck a personal chord.
“I’m probably the only person at this table that went through that,” she told her co-hosts, fighting back tears. “And I went through that, 3, 4, 5 years old. You know something is wrong. And if nobody listens to you, and nobody’s going to stop it, whether I’m asleep or not — I didn’t sleep, I learned to stay up as long as I could. I may sleep at school, because nobody’s gonna protect me. So I have to protect myself.”
Underwood said the Duggars’ interview “helped the world to see what happens to people where they’re in some type of family structure where the people you’re supposed to trust and protect you seem to be the co-conspirator in your violation, [and] seem to rationalize sexual assault and molestation.”
As the panelist continued, she began breaking down. “The thing about this that hurts so much is you feel that you have no help,” said Underwood, noting, “I thank god for my older brothers, who took an action on my behalf.” As the discussion went on, all of her co-stars appeared emotional, including guest co-host Carnie Wilson, who was seen wiping away tears.
The audience gave Underwood a standing ovation, and Underwood later said of the Duggars, “These parents are wrong. There’s no way you can say this as parents.” She added, “Families gotta protect families, and don’t rationalize violation.” Back in 2013, as Gossip Cop noted at the time, Underwood revealed she grew up in a violent home, and had a twin sister who died at birth.
As Gossip Cop reported earlier, the Duggars were also a topic on “The View” on Thursday, where Whoopi Goldberg blasted Jim Bob and Michelle for “downplaying” Josh’s sexual assaults. Check out the video of Underwood below, and tell us what you think.