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TLC to air Duggar-inspired sex abuse special on Aug. 30

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A TLC special about sexual abuse that was prompted after allegations surfaced involving Josh Duggar will air Aug. 30.

Breaking the Silence will air commercial-free in an attempt to help victims of child sexual abuse. One in 10 children will be victimized before the age of 18, according to TLC. It’s believed there are 42 million survivors in America today.

The documentary is built around the stories of child-abuse survivors. It will also feature an interview with Erin Merryn, a mother and the key proponent of “Erin’s Law,” which mandates schools in 26 states to provide age-appropriate lessons on personal body safety.

TLC cancelled 19 Kids and Counting last month after a report surfaced alleging that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s eldest son, Josh, had molested five underage girls — including his sisters — when he was a teen. After their long-running show was yanked, the Duggar patriarch and matriarch posted a lengthy statement on their website, which read in part, “We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many.”

The hour-long special will air at 10/9c on TLC.

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