A Past Molestation

by Name Undisclosed
(Location Undisclosed)

My daughter who is now 17 just told me she was molested by her brother when she was 6. He was 10 at that time. I caught him acting suspiciously and asked my daughter what was going on she told me he touched her inappropriately and I asked was this the first time or has it happened before she said first time, so I kept an eye on them. I didn't see anything else going on but now she told me he did rape her. The only reason she told me was because I found a letter she wrote about the incident. I asked if after that did he stop she said yes, but I'm confused, heartbroken that she would think I wouldn't believe her.

She said he has apologize for his actions and hasn't touched her again after I talked to him when he was ten. He is now 23. He still lives at home with us. I asked her if he has tried to touch her recently and she said not after you told him it was bad. But she said he did penetrate her.

I love both my daughter and son. I don't know what to do. He is unemployed with no where to go but I'm not comfortable with him at home now. He has not been inappropriate with her or any other girl. He has apologized to her, but I believe I should get counseling for all of us but I'm also afraid of what might happen. I know my daughter as well as my son. She is smart with low self esteem. He is not so smart and has always been slow. I believe I am at fault for his action but I'm torn. I don't know what to do. I remember him at ten. He was still playing with toys till he was 14 and I just don't know what to think now. I love my daughter and I asked her does she feel safe around him she said yes but I don't believe her too much. She said he is respectful to her now but still I told her we can figure something out where to send him to.

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