This letter is a difficult read, but one that I likewise think is important to understand both the reality of what sexual abuse can look like, and what to do if you find out it’s happening. I’m only going to quote the editor’s note, as it contains some warnings that are very, very important.
“Eds. note: We received the following email from a reader, who requested that we publish it because he thinks it can help other people. We strongly agree. After verifying facts of the story, we are republishing it in full—with names changed and lightly edited for clarity, and with the express permission of him, his wife, and the approval of their advocate at the child advocacy center. Please be aware that there are potentially disturbing discussions of child sexual abuse and suicide.”