The faces of Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald will once again be seen on television in a special documentary by none other than the network that pulled the reality television show “19 Kids and Counting” off the air permanently on the sixteenth of July. Although the show won’t continue despite their popularity, that doesn’t mean that fans saw the last of the Duggar family. TLC is working on creating a documentary with child-abuse prevention organizations such as “Darkness to Light” and (RAINN), “Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network” and plan on featuring Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald in the program that is due to air later this summer according to a news report on July 18 shared by Christian Today.
This is exciting news for fans of the Duggar girls, but more importantly for all the young people who have fallen victim of one form of child abuse or another. “TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help,” the network wrote in a statement on their website.
The “Darkness to Light” organization has helped many people through education, empowering them to be able to eliminate sexual abuse from their lives and how to seek outside help and cope with the impact abuse has had on them, enabling as many as possible to start anew and live the rest of their lives without fear and as normal as possible. The “RAINN” network has been around for some time. In the past decade, they have helped over 1.5 million people through their hotline assistance program.
Most sexual abuse victims are eighteen years old and younger. It is really sad that one out of every three victims of child abuse, are attacked by family members. TLC said their network has “a real obligation and an opportunity” to help educate people of all ages on child sexual abuse. The documentary is said to be an hour long featuring the Duggar family with the most emphasis on Jill and Jessa.
“God’s faithfulness and goodness to us, along with His abundant grace, have given us strength and joy even in the most difficult days. We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad—we will propose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family,” the family wrote on its blog. “We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many. We know who holds the future and are confident that He will work all things together for good,” the Duggar family said. TLC is on a mission of their own with a campaign to raise awareness of child sexual abuse through encouragement to all those who have been victimized while educating others in the hope of putting this type of abuse to an end, enabling the young to seek help and be aware of the signs to prevent more young victims in the future.
There were talks about a spinoff show in works with the major focus on Jill and Jessa raising their families. This new show idea exited viewers dramatically since they are so interested in following the younger generation of Duggars through the years. Fans and followers were thrilled that a spinoff show might be in the works and that concept is still on the table. Currently fans will have to sit back and bide their time until the time is right. With Jill, Derrick and Israel currently abroad on their dream mission and Jessa pregnant with her first child it doesn’t seem possible just yet to begin filming segments to air until they are all back together in once again.
So much controversy surfaced when allegations of sexual child abuse came to light last May when Josh’s past came to light in the media. Many families of all religious devotions and many who weren’t, were outraged to hear what had happened, especially how Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar down-played their role and Josh’s actions when they occurred and resurfaced. These revelations of child molestation shocked the world that this happened to their favorite Christian reality television family. It saddened many that those that fell victim to Josh’s inappropriate touching, which is said to have included fondling of the breasts and genitals of underage girls including some of his sisters when he was a teenager that they had to relive the experience again, causing them to feel re-victimized once more. The news also caused many advertisers to drop their ads from being associated with TLC’s top rated reality series.
“With God’s grace and help, Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward,” the Duggars said. “We are so pleased with the wonderful adults, they have all become.” The Duggar family made a statement on their family blog page with regards to the TLC announcement, and also said the Duggars hoped “the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations.”
While all this awful news hit the airways it also had a beneficial side to it. Aside from the fact that the Duggar family wasn’t as perfect as many people made them out to be as well as the way they portrayed themselves to the public it also opened the eyes of many whom also were in a similar situation. This realization gave more individuals an empowered feeling to do more to help those who have been victimized, wanting to spread the word how wrong child abuse and child sexual abuse is and wanting to take a stand to do something for them and to help others be educated on the signs, ways to seek assistance, how to be more aware of what is happening around them while making efforts to prevent additional cases of abuse in the future.
“Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.” “Over the last several years people have said to us, “We love your show!” We have always responded, “It’s not a show, it’s our lives!” Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share biblical principles that are the answers for life’s problems,” Jim Bob and Michelle further shared. Now that things have come to a close with the reality show, “19 Kids and Counting” Michelle and Jim Bob said; “It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.”
RAINN: The nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization
The (RAINN) “Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network” has many resources for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones that include: general information, child abuse/sexual abuse, domestic, dating and intimate partner violence, incest, stalking, survivors with disabilities, college students, cyber abuse, male survivors of sexual assault, LGBTQ survivors, human trafficking, military resources, legal resources, medical/physical health, mental health, suicide and self-harm, sexual assault prevention and international resources which also includes information for Americans living abroad and international support.
Put an end to child sexual abuse and sexual violence!
For over a decade RAINN has helped young people with awareness and the fight against child sexual abuse. Some of their corporate partners are: Best Buy, Biore’, Chanel, Fox, Harper’s Bazaar, Lifetime Television, Liz Claiborne, MTV, NBC, Sony, Ticketmaster, Warner, and Yahoo.
Love your children and protect them from child sexual abuse!
The national sexual assault telephone hotline was created in 1994 providing over two million people who have been victims of sexual abuse. The hotline is accessible twenty-four hours a day, every day, it is a totally confidential service that is a judgment-free and support is provided by trained staff members. Call 800-656-HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area. Some states do require by law for the local staff to contact authorities in certain situations, such as when knowledge of a child or adult is in immediate danger.
Shatter the silence – it shouldn’t hurt to be a child!
Local support is also important and can provide individual counseling, medical attention, direct one to legal and criminal system advocacy, education, caseworkers and emergency shelters for those in a crisis situation related to sexual violence and child sexual abuse.
Child sexual abuse isn’t inevitable – it’s preventable!
Information regarding types of sexual violence, effects of sexual assault, the aftermath of sexual assault and recovering from sexual assault are all additional resources available to everyone online. The links provided will take you to the main category pages where many different variables are broken down to help service the needs of all individuals and the type of abuse they were traumatized with to aid them with healing at their own pace with support from trained staff members.
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