Jill and Jessa Duggar Make First Public Appearance Since Scandal: 'We're Not a Perfect Family'

Jessa and Jill Duggar attended the ALIVE music festival with their husbands. (Instagram)
Jessa and Jill Duggar attended the ALIVE music festival with their husbands. (Instagram)

The Duggars are trying to move forward from Josh's molestation scandal.

Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald, who were revealed as two of the girls their brother molested as a teen, attended the ALIVE Christian music festival in Mineral City, Ohio, with their husbands on Saturday. And while the 19 Kids and Counting stars didn't address the scandal, which led to TLC putting their show on hiatus, head on, Jill alluded to struggles their family has endured.

"Hey we’re not a perfect family, we mess up," she told the crowd, according to People magazine. "Imagine what life is like with a family with two or three kids and multiply that about 10 times over and that's what you get."

The women — who were originally supposed to be joined by their brother Josh and his wife, Anna, at the event — tried to make their focus about marriage and babies. Mom-to-be Jessa, who wouldn't reveal the baby's gender, spoke about her desire to also grow her family by adoption. "We've been looking into different options," she said.

The sisters both shared social media photos related to the ALIVE event. Jill posted a photo of her husband, Derick Dillard, backstage; Jessa posted a photo of she and her husband, Ben Seewald, en route to Ohio.

This marked the first public appearance for the sisters since it was revealed a month ago that Josh had molested five girls when he was 14. Jessa and Jill then came forward to identify themselves as victims, defending their brother in an interview with Fox's Megyn Kelly.

"I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist," Jessa told Kelly. "I'm like, 'That is so overboard and a lie really.'"

There has been talk of a 19 Kids and Counting spin-off featuring Jill, Jessa, and their husbands.