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Childhood incident is framed as assault

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: Six years ago, my two grandchildren were playing "family" in a makeshift fort with blankets hung for walls. These two cousins were both 6 years old at the time.

Sometime during their play, clothes were removed and my grandson kissed his female cousin's bottom.

Since then, my daughter-in-law sees her daughter as a victim and her nephew as a sexual predator.

The kids are now 12, and have never been allowed any time without adult supervision.

We have a large family. We rarely have get-togethers that include those two families (my only two sons) at the same time.

My daughter-in-law asked me how I felt about this some time ago, and I told her that I felt the kids were young and innocent and that it was a natural curiosity and maybe we shouldn't make such a big deal of it. I said I would never ostracize any of my children or grandchildren.

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She has discussed this with my daughters as well, once when she was drunk, and it got pretty ugly.

We all love her. She's a very good mom, but I just feel she's a little over the top on this.

Do you see any way out of this?

-- Gramma

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