TLC Sets Date for Sex-Abuse Doc Prompted by Josh Duggar Scandal

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Jill and Jessa Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' will be featured in the doc.

'Breaking the Silence' will air Aug. 30.

TLC network has set an airdate for its new documentary that aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse.

The film, Breaking the Silence, will air at 10 p.m. Aug. 30, the network announced Thursday.

Set to be broadcast commercial-free, the documentary will shine a light on the challenges faced by those affected by child sexual abuse and raise awareness of where people can turn for help.

An estimated one in 10 children will be the victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18, with an estimated 42 million survivors in America today, said the network.

For both the film and related information resources, TLC has teamed with two prominent abuse-prevention organizations: Darkness to Light and RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). The film is being produced by NBC News' Peacock Productions.

The film first was announced last month, when TLC pulled the plug on its hit series 19 Kids and Counting after reports surfaced that one of its stars — Josh Duggar, the oldest of the family's 19 children — had fondled four of his sisters and a babysitter a dozen years earlier, when he was a teenager.

The documentary is built around the stories of child-sexual-abuse survivors. Among them is Erin Merryn — a mother, two-time survivor and driving force behind "Erin's Law," legislation passed in 26 states that makes age-appropriate curriculum on personal body safety mandatory for children in schools.

Also sharing her story is Terrae Lee, who was sexually abused by her father when she was 11 and is now a victims' advocate, having co-founded the Young Survivor's Foundation.

And it includes the story of 11-year-old Kaelin, a survivor who is already channeling her experience into public speaking and education.

Viewers also will hear from experts, including a prevention-training session conducted by Darkness to Light that is attended by Jill and Jessa, two of the Duggar sisters who have publicly spoken about being molested in their youth by their brother Josh. He has never been arrested or charged in connection with the molestations.

"We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many," said the Duggar family in a statement when the program first was announced.

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