The hit reality television series, “19 Kids and Counting’ starring all the members of the Duggar family has been a household phenomenon for the past decade. Just about everyone from various age groups fell in love with the Duggars, enjoying each and every show that was aired and watching the entire family grow and change as time went by. That all changed in the world when a news reporter leaked a story about Josh Duggar where a form of child sexual abuse took place in their home when he was a young lad that the family had kept quiet. This scandalous situation is what inspired TLC to produce a new documentary on child sexual abuse, soon to air on national television, according to a news story shared by People on August 13 titled “Breaking the Silence”.
The documentary will focus on child sexual abuse, child victims, preventing abuse towards children as well as stories shared from victims who survived sexual abuse when they were young. “Breaking the Silence” will air on Sunday, August 30 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC. The program will be commercial free providing helpful information for anyone who needs to reach out for help, teach others not to keep these matters to themselves, all bottled up and afraid to speak out. “The one-hour documentary is built around the personal and emotional stories of brave survivors who have found the courage to come forward,” the network said in a statement Thursday.
TLC released a statement regarding the upcoming documentary that stated; “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.
Jessa Duggar Seewald ad Jill Duggar Dillard will also be presented in the documentary. They agreed to come forward and talk about how they, fell victim and how they did and are coping with the situation after being molested by their older brother, Josh Duggar when they were very young. From past news stories the Duggar girls weren’t aware what was happening to them at the time since they were too young to understand. The incidents were explained to them and some precautions were taken to ensure it wouldn’t happen again. Now that they are adults and the news of the past has become public, they may also talk about how the news of the abuse and if they can recall the past themselves is affecting their lives presently. “My dad explained to us, he said, ‘You know there’s a difference between forgiveness and trust. That’s not the same thing,’” Jill told Fox News’ Megan Kelly in a June interview. “You know, you forgive someone and then you have boundaries. Forgiveness with boundaries! Trust comes later. Josh destroyed that trust at the beginning, and so he had to rebuild that. I think when he came back, that was, the point of rebuilding.”
Child abuse has been one of the front running issues among advocacies for decades. It is a very touchy issue which causes many families and individuals who experience this form of abuse to remain silent. Families need to be aware of what is happening around their children, who they are associated with, that there are signs they can be aware of to prevent child sexual abuse as well as many organizations to raise awareness, educate people and information that they can use and ways to turn to for help. Child sexual abuse is a real and critical issue. The protection of children is important and TLC is making it their goal to focus on the reality this type of abuse has on children. It’s their way of helping those survivors while helping to prevent other children from falling prey, and becoming victims of sexual abuse in the future.