FIRST LOOK: TLC’s Documentary Breaking the Silence Gives Voice to Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse

(People Magazine) Following the cancellation of TLC’s hit series 19 Kids and Counting the network has partnered with two of the nation’s leading sexual abuse prevention organizations to create a new documentary addressing the issue.

Breaking the Silence teams up TLC with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and Darkness to Light (D2L) a nonprofit organization that works to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse and will share the stories of survivors of sexual abuse.

In an exclusive First Look clip from the one-hour special Erin Merryn opens up about being a two-time survivor and discusses her passionate fight to end abuse with Erin’s Law legislation, which requires sexual abuse prevention education in public schools and has already been passed in 26 states.

“Like so many survivors, I ended up keeping it a secret for years,” she says. “Now, as a mother with my own child, I want to make sure my children know how to speak up.”

Viewers will also hear from experts during a sexual abuse prevention training given by Darkness to Light, one of the nation’s leading organizations for abuse prevention, where Jill and Jessa Duggar attend following their own family’s experience as they hope to help others and promote adult education for the protection of children .

Breaking the Silence airs Aug. 30th at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.


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