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Ask Amy: Molester in family should be outed to protect children

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My youngest brother was arrested 19 years ago and jailed for eight weeks for molesting a 4-year-old child.

He was on probation for 10 years. This was horrible for the child's family and for my family.

We thought it was a one-time thing.

My brother went on with his life, got married, and has a good job.

Very recently five family members (now adults), say he had molested them, too, when they were young.

Each has to decide if they are going to step forward and report it ... now or ever.


His wife has no clue that all of this has transpired, but she has grandchildren.

Should any of us family members tell her for the sake of her grandchildren?

It's a Pandora's box, but it seems that something should be said.

My brother has no clue that his secret is out.


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