19 Kids and Counting, The Duggar Family


TLC has announced that they will be airing a documentary focused on child abuse in light of the highly publicized scandal that recently occurred with one of their former star families, the Duggars.

"In light of recent events around 19 Kids and Counting—and in an effort to promote education, raise awareness and advance the conversation on this important matter—TLC has partnered with two of the nation's leading abuse prevention organizations, RAINN and Darkness to Light, on a new documentary addressing the issue," the network said in a statement.

The documentary, titled Breaking the Silence, will air commercial-free on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 10 p.m., and will shine a light on the challenging journey faced by those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as offer useful information where people can turn for help.

This comes nearly a month after TLC gave 19 Kids & Counting the ax.

The reality series, which has become a sensation in recent months thanks to various marriages and babies, became embroiled in scandal after reports of sexual abuse by eldest son Josh Duggar surfaced. Josh was underage at the time of the alleged events.

"After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting," TLC said in a statement in July. "The show will no longer appear on the air. The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection."

The network also shared information about the upcoming documentary at the time, revealing that both Jessa and Jill Duggar, who were victims of their brother's molestation, will be making appearances.

"In the first phase of this initiative, TLC will work closely with both groups and with the Duggar family on a one-hour documentary that will include Jill and Jessa and other survivors and families that have been affected by abuse," TLC said last month.

"The true prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to calculate, as most victims do not disclose their experiences. It's a silent epidemic, where open and honest discussion about its effect on the estimated 42 million survivors in America today is rarely heard," the network explains.

"Breaking Silence shows us how we all play a pivotal role in recognizing the signs of child abuse and preventing it—and teaching children that there are anonymous, safe places they can go to for help so they don't suffer in silence.

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