On TLC in the Breaking the Silence sex abuse special– The Duggar family decided to make their final appearance. TLC rapidly snatched 19 Kids and Counting from their line-up after discovering Josh Duggar had molested young girls, including his sisters Jill and Jessa.
The Duggar’s revealed that the family will be working on one more project with the network in the form of a sex abuse special. Although, the Duggar’s have been making headlines since they will be on the show, the focus was briefly on the Duggar’s family. The rest of the special focused on Erin Merryn, a survivor of two childhood sexual abuse incidents who is now an advocate and lobbyist for “Erin’s Law,” according to Inquisiter.
“This law, which has been passed in 26 states, aims to ‘educate children in public schools on sexual abuse prevention through age appropriate curriculum through role plays, discussions, activities, and books giving children the tools to speak up and tell if anyone has ever touched them inappropriately rather than keep it a secret,’”said Merryn.
The Duggar’s were not the only focus on the special but were included in a section dedicated to the organization Darkness to Light. Jill and Jessa attended a Darkness to Light conference with their mother Michelle and commented about what they had learned.
Jessa had a lot to say regarding sex abuse not being a “taboo” subject:
“I feel like this should be a discussion people are having, even regularly. I think that it shouldn’t be a taboo subject, that we should be bringing awareness to child sexual abuse and talking about this. I learned things I can do to be more aware, things I can do to set up boundaries safeguards for my child and children, hopefully, in the future.”
The mother explained how she felt being there with her daughters:
“I was so glad that my girls and I were able to do this together and that we could just be a support and encouragement to each other to be able to gain more information about this important topic.”
Though Jill did not appear directly in the segment, she did attend the conference and told People Magazine that it is “amazing” that there are so many other families that have gone through the same things as she has in her family, according to Inquisiter.
“It’s amazing to understand that there are so many people that deal with this exact same thing in their own families.”