TLC Announces Premiere Date For ‘Breaking the Silence’ Child Sex Abuse Documentary With Duggar Family
In response to the Josh Duggar scandal, TLC is getting back to its roots and reminding everyone they are “The Learning Channel.” The network has announced a premiere date for a documentary entitled Breaking the Silence. The doc will feature both Jessa Seewald (née Jessa Duggar) and Jill Dillard (née Jill Duggar) — who were molested by older brother Josh — as well as other survivors of child sex abuse.
“In light of recent events around 19 Kids & Counting — and in an effort to promote education, raise awareness, and advance the conversation on this important matter — TLC has partnered with RAINN and Darkness to Light, on a new documentary addressing the issue,” a statement from TLC reads, revealing the special will air without commercials on August 30.
This news comes about a month after TLC finally decided to cancel 19 Kids & Counting after “thoughtful consideration.” The show, which followed the gigantic Duggar family, ran for 10 seasons. It was at this time TLC also announced they were “working closely with the Duggar family” on this documentary.
“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 statement continues.
“Breaking the 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.”
Breaking the Silence is set to air commercial-free on Sunday, August 30, at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.