Duggar Family Members Jill Duggar Dillard, Jessa Duggar Seewald to Appear in TLC Child Sexual Abuse Documentary

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Duggar family members Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald will reportedly be featured in an upcoming documentary on child sexual abuse produced by TLC in the wake of their cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.

The Duggar family reality show has been off the air since May, when oldest son Josh Duggar's sexual molestation scandal broke in the media. Josh sexually molested five underage girls--four of whom are his sisters--when he was a teenager. The fifth girl was a family babysitter at the time of the sexual molestations.

“We spent the past month and a half in thoughtful consideration about the best way forward here,” Marjorie Kaplan, who is the group president of TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity networks, said in a statement.

When announcing the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting this past week, TLC also announced they will be airing a documentary in August that will featuring two members of the Duggar family, who also happen to be two of Josh Duggar's victims. Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald will be included in the documentary, as will the sexual abuse advocacy groups RAINN and Darkness to Light.

TLC had hoped to use members of the Duggar family in a 19 Kids and Counting spinoff, but determined that the family's name has been so irrevocably tarnished by the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal that they simply couldn't consider airing such a show.

Might the upcoming TLC documentary on child sexual abuse be the last time any members of the Duggar family appear on TV? Will Jill Duggar Dillard and Jessa Duggar Seewald draw in enough viewers that TLC might reconsider creating some sort of a show featuring one or more of the Duggar family members?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.