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Josh Duggar's Sister Jinger Vuolo Says Family Fled Arkansas In The Dead Of Night Following Scandal

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Source: Josh Duggar/Twitter; Jinger Vuolo/Instagram

May. 10 2021, Published 5:45 p.m. ET

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One of Josh Duggar's sisters is opening up about the scandal that plagued her famous family years ago, just weeks after her 33-year-old brother was arrested for child porn. 

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Jinger Duggar Vuolo is speaking out about the scary night her entire family left Arkansas in the dead of night after Josh's sexual molestation accusations were made public in 2015.

The 19 And Counting star was accused of sexually molesting five underage girls -- including four of his sisters and a babysitter -- when he was just 14 years old. No charges were ever brought against Josh Duggar but the family couldn't escape the spotlight.  

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In her book, The Hope We Hold, which she co-wrote with her husband, Jeremy, Jinger reveals fleeing the state in the dead of night just to get away from the paparazzi who she says was camped out in front of the family's home. 

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Source: Josh Duggar/Twitter
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"My brain hadn't quite caught up to the reality of what had happened in a few short hours," she wrote. "Intimate details about our lives were splashed across a magazine page and all over the Internet for anyone and everyone to read."

Jinger said she "felt shell-shocked, as if a bomb had exploded."

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The sixth oldest member of the Duggar crew remembered how awful it was to relive those dark moments all over again.

"One of my siblings had made some sinful choices, but it had all been years ago. It had been awful, but we had dealt with it as a family," she wrote, adding the Duggars turned to their faith. 

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"We'd sought the Lord, took the necessary steps to move toward healing, and offered up our forgiveness. Now that it was out in the public, the old wound was open again, raw, painful."

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Jinger recalled her parents loading up the family bus in the middle of the night and promising they'd be heading to "a place with plenty of land to run around outside without anyone seeing us," adding, "it would be the perfect place to escape the cameras without being cooped up inside for the foreseeable future."

The 19 kids knew nothing of their parents plan and had no knowlege of how long they'd be gone. 

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"All I knew is we were leaving — that night. I felt like an Israelite fleeing Egypt under the cover of darkness," Jinger revealed. 

"By the time we left, the photographers were asleep, and nobody noticed when the bus pulled out of the driveway and headed down the road in the dark of night," she shared. "The bus engine rumbled and my brothers and sisters chattered noisily, but I barely noticed. My mind raced with questions I couldn't answer. How do we go forward? I thought."

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Source: Anna Duggar/Instagram

"People outside my close circle now knew details about my life that I had never chosen to share. Details that I had never wanted to share. And there would be fallout. That goes without saying when you lead a public life. I just didn't know how far it would go," Jinger added. 

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As Radar reported, Josh Duggar was arrested on April 29 on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography, to which he pled not guilty. 

He is currently out on bail until his trial begins on June 6.

If found guilty, Josh Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison. 

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