Child Sex Abuse Survivors Speak Out, New WRAL Documentary: Speaking the Unspeakable

Premieres Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

WRAL Documentary: Speaking the UnspeakableShame and fear keep many survivors of child sexual abuse silent, but for some, healing comes with finding their voices. The new WRAL documentary “Speaking the Unspeakable” tells the story of two men who experienced child sex abuse while growing up in the mountains of North Carolina. The documentary, narrated by WRAL News anchor and reporter Renee Chou, premieres on TV, web and streaming platforms Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

Knight Chamberlain was nine years old when he was sexually assaulted by a stranger. Knight’s stepbrother, Michael, was sexually assaulted by his Catholic priest at a church in Brevard when he was eleven. The brothers lived apart for decades after the abuse, but shared the same secret. They both came to find healing in revealing their secret and in speaking publicly about their experiences.

“Speaking the Unspeakable” reveals some of the common characteristics of child sexual abuse, the guilt and shame felt by survivors, the fear of speaking out, the pain of keeping it secret, and the manipulation of abusers use to ensure their victims’ silence.

When and How to Watch

  • Broadcast television premiere on WRAL-TV/Raleigh and WILM-TV/Wilmington: Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Watch the premiere online at Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m.*
  • Download the WRAL app and livestream on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AppleTV, and Android TV.*
  • Rebroadcast on FOX 50 (WRAZ): Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

*Program remains available on-demand any time after the premiere.
Preview & Bonus Materials

  • Watch a preview of the documentary: WRAL Documentary: Speaking the Unspeakable
  • WRAL Documentary Producer Clay Johnson gives insights into the program in his producer blog “Behind the Doc”.
  • Listen to a podcast exploring Michael Mack’s incredible journey from abuse to healing and forgiveness.
  • Q&A with a Duke psychiatrist and leading expert on child sexual abuse providing information and insight into child sexual abuse and signs parents can look for.
  • Watch a video about how child sexual abuse victims are handled in the court system and how that’s improved over the years.

Social Media
Follow WRALdoc on twitter and facebook. Participate using #ChildSexualAbuse.

WRAL Documentary is one of the only dedicated documentary units in local TV. Its mission is to provide in-depth coverage of topics and issues relevant to North Carolinians.

Thanks to WRAL-TV for this capcom story & graphic.

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