TLC's Sex Abuse Documentary Featuring Jill & Jessa Duggar Finally Has an Air Date

jill and jessa duggarIf you've been wondering when TLC was planning on running the sex abuse documentary announced in the wake of the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, wonder no more: The network has announced the one-hour special's debut, and it's sooner than we thought!


Breaking the Silence, which "aims to shine a light on the challenges faced by those affected by child sexual abuse, as well as raise awareness of where people can turn for help" will air at 10 p.m. on August 30, without commercials. Beyond that, what can we expect? (As in, exactly how deep will TLC delve into the allegations against Josh?)

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Unfortunately, it's hard to say at this point. We know that Jill and Jessa Duggar, two of Josh's victims, participated in the documentary, as did "other survivors and families affected by abuse," but we don't know to what extent they participated. If I had to guess, I'd say that the documentary is going to focus on how survivors can heal and what families can do to help them -- and probably not get too much into the details of what happened with the Duggars in particular. Back when TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting, they released the following statement:

Over these past weeks, TLC has consulted regularly with leading victims' rights and advocacy organizations in the U.S., including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to address the issue and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated issue; it affects many children and families around the world. To that end, we are partnering with both organizations on a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue. 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.

That all sounds very well-meaning, certainly. Of course, TLC didn't really have much of a choice in the matter -- they were the subject of quite a lot of scrutiny after the Duggar scandal blew up. And it was valid scrutiny, too, considering the network was responsible for making the family famous in the first place. So they had to make some sort of effort to show that they recognized the gravity of the situation. And hopefully, this documentary really will do some good.

We don't have long to wait to find out!


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