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Ask Amy: Man wants to report long-ago sexual exploitation

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My sister-in-law recently died of Alzheimer’s, and her celebration of life is coming up.

I am an older man. When I was a youth, I had to reside with her and my brother for the summer. My mother was institutionalized due to mental illness; my father had abandoned the family.

At the time I was living with the two of them, I was 15.

My brother's house was small. I slept in the small living room on the couch.

My brother was an alcoholic and he would go to sleep early every night. My sister-in-law (then 25 years old) would stay up late and talk to me.

She was very lonely and disappointed that my brother was always emotionally missing in action for her.


We grew close, and eventually a sexual relationship developed.

I went to a military school to escape the household, as I was afraid my brother would find out.

Now there is to be a celebration of life for her and I, along with many others, have been invited to share anecdotes about her life.

I have decided to tell the truth at the ceremony about what happened to me, but my wife is totally opposed to it.


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