My brother was charged (and those charges were later dropped in a court) with abusing his 1yr old daughter.

Unfortunately this is not my story but I know it well.

My brother was charged (and those charges were later dropped in a court) with abusing his 1yr old daughter.

He was not wed to the girls mother.

In court the church helped him with men who would attest to his being an upstanding god fearing man that treasured children.

Our mother had to hear all the damaging things being said about him and even tho it hurt her heart she conceded that yes maybe he could have been abusive.

Charges of abuse were brought up by his youngest sons mother also.

I can say also he he abused me as a young preteen.

The charges were dropped if he agreed to pay child support and never again have contact with the children.

I confessed to the abuse to my bishop for I felt it was my fault. He did nothing.

He also did nothing when my brother caught trying to charge his Boy Scout group money to feel me up as a young teen. It was laughed off as a joke.

He also paid a married man to rape me as an adult to show me I am not gay. I did not trust my brother nor this man so nothing happened. Our new bishop said since nothing happened no harm no foul.

I grew up with terrible sexual hang ups because of his treatment. Did not date in high school or college for fear of what bad things might happen. Believing it would be my fault.

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