I’m Going To Say Nice Things About Jep Robertson Now

Molestation is hot right now In his upcoming book, The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness, Duck Dynasty star Jep Robertson reveals he was molested as a child by an older girl on the school bus and talked to ET Online about the abuse he was afraid to tell his parents out of embarrassment which, to be clear, I’m not slamming his family for because this is absolutely nothing like the Duggars. He was a scared and confused kid, and to hide it is not unusual in these cases:

I was 6 and it was on a school bus and it was an older girl,” Jep exclusively tells ET. “Back then the high school students would ride on the same bus as the grade school. There was this girl there that was just real mean…I don’t know, but it was a lot of things took place — scary stuff. It was tough.”
In the book, he writes, “An older girl started sitting next to me. She seemed sweet at first. She’d come sit beside me, like a motherly figure almost. I remember her being sweet and taking care of me. I liked to sit in the back so she’d come sit with me.”
“After a while the girl started doing strange things.” the story in the book continues. “She’d take my hands and push them up under her shirt and tell me I was tickling her. Then she started making me pull down my pants. It was awkward. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew something wasn’t right.”

I’ve made my feelings on Duck Dynasty abundantly clear. I couldn’t disagree with the Robertsons and their fake redneck homophobic Christian money machine more. On the battlefield of politics, they are my sworn enemy – God, I need to get out more. – and yet with complete sincerity, I actually commend Jep for telling his story even if it’s in the service of religious beliefs that I don’t agree with. Because it couldn’t be easy for him in a culture that treats schoolyard bullying as the stone upon which men – manly men – are forged, and to discuss it as anything else is the work of pussies. That took some balls. I’d also feel fucking awful for Jep if on top of this experience, he was made to feel like it was own his fault for having wicked friends or dressing too hot for a six-year-old. And I’d feel even worse if he was then forced to forgive his molester and talk about how great she is on Fox News so his family can keep doing reality TV. What kind of asshole does that?

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