Fresh on the heels of another explosive sex scandal involving some of America’s favorite reality families, another bombshell has dropped. The Blaze reports on the disturbing news,
“Duck Dynasty” star Jep Robertson has revealed that he was sexually abused by an older girl when he was a young child — a secret that he kept to himself for many years before eventually revealing it to his wife, Jessica.
Robertson, 37, shared details of the abuse in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” and also included the story in his and Jessica’s new book, “The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness.”
“Basically, I was young. I was 6 and it was on the school bus and it was an older girl that was just real mean. … In the end, I think probably she was just terribly abused herself,” Robertson told “Entertainment Tonight.” “A lot of things took place — and scary stuff. You know, it was tough. I didn’t want to go to school. I had a lot of absences.”
The difference between this bombshell and that of the Duggars is that the star of the series is the victim, not the perpetrator. Robertson is particularly brave coming out about the abuse, considering the taboo on discussing sexual abuse against men and boys by women.
What is particularly noteworthy about Robertson’s admission is that even though he suffered greatly from the abuse, he shows his abuser an incredible amount of grace by putting himself in her shoes, explaining that she was likely suffering from sexual abuse as well. Robertson’s remarks come on the heels of an adolescence that went off the rails with drug and alcohol abuse. This kind of coping mechanism is common in those who suffered from sexual abuse in childhood.
Robertson’s honesty discussing the abuse puts the issue of abuse of young men by older women on the radar for the first time for many Americans. With these admissions, more young men may be brave enough to come forward with their own tales of abuse.