The Short List: ’19 Kids’ cancelled; Tiger’s bad day; Marines killed in Tenn.

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

19 Kids and Counting.

Nearly two months after a molestation scandal threw the fate of the popular TLC show, “19 Kids and Counting,” into jeopardy, the network officially pulled the plug on the show Thursday, and has made moves to make amends. “After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with ’19 Kids and Counting.’ The show will no longer appear on the air, the network said in a statement on its website. “The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection.” The network had been under intense pressure to cancel the show after revelations surfaced in May that couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s eldest son, Josh, had admitted to molesting five underage girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager. “With God’s grace and help, Josh, our daughters and our entire family overcame a terrible situation, found healing and a way forward. AP In this 2007 file photo, Michelle Duggar, left, is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, second from left, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become,” the statement said. “It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.” The news has brought renewed awareness to the problem of sexual abuse, and spurred a conversation about how to prevent molestation and help victims of abuse. The timing of the news appeared to be a strategic move on part of the network, given that it broke just one hour before Emmy nominations would dominate the news cycle.

About 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse, according to the Crimes Against Children Research Center, but because it is often not reported, the prevalence may in fact be much higher. Read TLC’s full statement on the cancelation here, which also announces an upcoming one-hour documentary which will address the issue of childhood sexual abuse. As in the Duggars’ situation, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well, according to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report.

You have deeply touched our hearts and encouraged us, during this time.” TLC confirmed they would be working with the family to produce a one-hour, commercial-free documentary with sisters Jill, 24, and Jessa, 22, who came forward as victims and said they had forgiven their brother. 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. Josh Duggar apologized for unspecified actions on a Facebook post and resigned from the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group, where he had worked as a lobbyist. Last October, TLC yanked its reality series about child beauty-pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family after the completion of filming an upcoming season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” While the network didn’t identify a reason for the cancellation, it came after published reports that the family matriarch, June Shannon, was dating a convicted child molester. TLC is in the midst of repositioning itself as “a brand with purpose,” said Kaplan, since 1997 an executive with parent Discovery Communications who took over TLC a year ago.

Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. He resigned immediately as activists angrily denounced him and his family as hypocrites for preaching family values while allegedly covering up past sexual abuse. Over the last several years people have said to us, “We love your show!” We have always responded, “It’s not a show, it’s our lives!” Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems. We have committed to Him that in all things—difficulties or success, good times or bad—we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family.

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