Invisible Children

Jessica Willis

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Jessica Willis (b. 1992) was sexually abused by her father, Tony Willis, patriarch of the reality TV family The Willis Clan. According to Jessica, her mother Brenda Willis knew about the abuse, but no charges were filed against Brenda. Jessica and her eleven siblings (7 girls and 4 boys, b. 1993-2010) were homeschooled. Jessica believes some of her other siblings may have been abused as well, although no charges were filed on their behalf.

The Willises moved from Chicago, IL to Nashville, TN in 2001. The abuse took place in 2002. It came to light in 2016 when Jessica’s friend reported it to the police. Willis fled the state to escape arrest. He was caught and pleaded guilty to four counts of child rape. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Date: September 9, 2016
Nashville, Tennessee


Documents: Date:
The Willis Family
Tragedy to Triumph: The Willis Family, 20 years after the van crash claims 6 of 9 children 11-06-2014
Father-of-12 Toby Willis from TLC’s The Willis Family is charged with raping an underage girl after attempting to flee from police 09-10-2016
TLC star Toby Willis arrested on child rape charge 09-11-2016
‘The Willis Family’ patriarch Toby Willis charged with child rape 09-12-2016
Court docs: Relative accused Toby Willis of child rape 09-15-2016
‘Willis Clan’ patriarch arraigned on 4 counts of child rape 03-16-2017
Former TLC Star Toby Willis Pleads Guilty to Child Rape and Receives 40-Year Sentence 07-11-2017