Approximately one month ago, TLC, the network that gave America Toddlers & Tiaras and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, cancelled 19 Kids and Counting in response to the fallout of Josh Duggar‘s child molestation scandal. Today, the network announced that they will be releasing a documentary about child sexual abuse at the end of the month.
The network gave a statement where they said that the film will be called Breaking The Silence, and will focus on the challenges victims face, as well as to raise awareness of where they can receive help. TLC also said that they are receiving support on the project from RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and the prevention non-profit, Darkness to Light.
Mashable reported that the documentary will focus on two victims of abuse who came forward with their stories. One of the stars has been identified as Erin Merryn who is advocating for a law that will require schools to create lessons for children about personal safety.
In their statement, TLC also disclosed that Jessa and Jill Duggar, two of Josh Duggar’s sisters who were victimized by him, will appear in the film.
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…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.
[h/t E! Online]
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