Josh Duggar, one of 19 children of an Arkansas family documented by TLC since 2008, admitted to molesting five underage girls in 2002 and 2003, including four of his sisters, when he was a teenager.
Police then called Michelle and Jim Bob at 1.17pm telling them they needed to bring their son in for questioning. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was shelved in October when the network confirmed reports the show’s star, Mama June, was dating a former boyfriend who had been convicted of child molestation.
With God’s grace and help Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward.
“Together, we believe we can help families that have been affected by this bad crime and make sure that parents and others have the knowledge and tools they need to help keep kids safe”, RAINN said in a statement on Thursday.
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. An hour-long program documenting their efforts will air in August.
“We look forward to working with TLC on this upcoming special documentary and hope that it is an encouragement to many”, the Duggar family said in a statement Thursday. “The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection”.
For 10 seasons, “19 Kids and Counting” has documented the lives of the Duggar family.
While it’s hardly typical for any network to drop its biggest show, this is not the first time Kaplan has pulled the plug on a successful series suddenly caught up in scandal.
The AP also notes that “TLC is in the midst of repositioning itself as ‘a brand with objective, ‘ said Kaplan”. “You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time”.
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