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

Originally posted 08/13/2015 05:55PM

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."

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Prankster Who Lured Underage Girls Off Facebook Shows the Danger of Social Media: 'It Wasn't That Hard'

Originally posted 08/12/2015 06:55PM

A chilling video released by an online prankster dramatically demonstrated how easy it can be to lure an underage girl out of her home and into the arms of a potential predator.

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University of Michigan Professor Arrested in Sex Sting After Allegedly Traveling to Florida to Meet with 14-Year-Old Boy

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University of Michigan Professor Arrested in Sex Sting After Allegedly Traveling to Florida to Meet with 14-Year-Old Boy

Originally posted 08/12/2015 11:25AM

A University of Michigan professor is under arrest for allegedly trying to have sex with a teenage boy.

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Woody Allen Says He Was 'Paternal' When He Began Relationship with Wife Soon-Yi Previn

Woody Allen Says He Was 'Paternal' When He Began Relationship with Wife Soon-Yi Previn

Originally posted 07/30/2015 02:15PM

Woody Allen has opened up about his relationship with wife Soon-Yi Previn, saying he was "paternal" when they first got together and initially never imagined their "fling" would turn into a long-term marriage.

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Bill Cosby to Be Deposed by Sept. 30 in Molestation Lawsuit: 'We Are Looking Forward to That Day,' Says Accuser's Lawyer

UpdatePosted 07/29/2015 01:05PM

Bill Cosby to Be Deposed by Sept. 30 in Molestation Lawsuit: 'We Are Looking Forward to That Day,' Says Accuser's Lawyer

Originally posted 07/29/2015 08:00AM

Bill Cosby will be deposed in the next two months in a molestation lawsuit, according to attorney Gloria Allred.

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Married High School Cop Charged with Allegedly Having Sex with Underage Student in Cemeteries

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Married High School Cop Charged with Allegedly Having Sex with Underage Student in Cemeteries

Originally posted 07/28/2015 01:55PM

Joshua Spratt was a decorated cop.

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Michigan Woman Charged for Alleged Sexual Obsession Over 11-Year-Old She Met on Xbox Live

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Michigan Woman Charged for Alleged Sexual Obsession Over 11-Year-Old She Met on Xbox Live

Originally posted 07/23/2015 01:50PM

A Michigan woman has been charged with more than a dozen criminal counts after allegedly having a sexual obsession with an 11-year-old boy in New Jersey.

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Duggar Sisters Jill and Jessa Will Appear in TLC Documentary on Child Sex Abuse

Duggar Sisters Jill and Jessa Will Appear in TLC Documentary on Child Sex Abuse

Originally posted 07/20/2015 05:45PM

When TLC announced last week that it has officially axed 19 Kids and Counting, the network said it is putting together a documentary about child sex abuse.

The Duggars also mentioned the special in their statement on the cancellation, writing that they "look forward to working with TLC" and "hope that it is an encouragement to many."

Now, a source at TLC tells PEOPLE that Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard will indeed appear in the documentary, which is in the early stages of production. Both women have come forward as molestation victims of brother Josh Duggar when he was a teenager.

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Former Oldest Cheerleader in the NFL Pleads Guilty to Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

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Former Oldest Cheerleader in the NFL Pleads Guilty to Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

Originally posted 06/17/2015 05:10PM

Molly Shattuck, formerly the oldest cheerleader in the NFL, has pleaded guilty to raping the 15-year-old classmate of one of her children.

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Author John Green Lashes Out Against 'Accusations of Pedophilia'; Apologizes for Using the 'R' Word

Author John Green Lashes Out Against 'Accusations of Pedophilia'; Apologizes for Using the 'R' Word

Originally posted 06/12/2015 04:50PM

Bestselling YA author John Green has taken to social media this week to address two delicate issues.

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