When BOTH Parents Sexually Abuse Their Child

by Cathy

There was a woman who lived next door to me years ago in a different neighborhood than where I live now, and she told me that her son hadn't spoken with her or her husband for many, many years.

When I asked her why, she replied, "Oh, J. has always been the troublesome one. He has mental problems. He's out of work on medication now so I hope he's getting the help he needs."

Right away, I suspected something unsavory.

I asked, "Why would your son not speak with both you and your husband? What happened to J. that made him so angry toward both of you?"

She replied, "Oh, he's just nuts. He claims that his father sexually abused him. Nobody believes him. My husband would never touch a child. My husband loves his children."

Some months later, the woman's husband took ill. That's when J. began to shyly show up.

J.'s father died a few months later.

Years after that, something shocking occurred.

I received a phone call from my former neighbor and her voice was quivering.

She began by saying, "Well, J. had a recent heart attack."

I said, "Gee, he's only around 49 years old. How horrible that he has heart problems."

She replied, "Well, I'm helping him the best I can now, and he and his father made peace with one another before his father died. He forgave his father for what his father did to him; sexual abuse."

I nearly fell over when I heard her admit what I had thought all along.

Then, she totally shocked me when she said, "Well.....I had a part in it, too."

I asked aloud, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN?"

She said, "I had a part in J.'s sexual abuse, too."

So help me, I had all I could do not to slam the phone down on that old woman's ear.

I gathered my composure and asked, "You mean to tell me that YOU also sexually abused your own son like your husband did?"

She replied, "Yes, but in those days adults used to touch kids like that all the time and nobody thought anything about it."

I was furious with her, but kept my cool.

I said, "It is NEVER okay to sexually abuse a child. What you did was sick. You had better ask God for forgiveness. I'm not a nun so your telling me does no good, but only makes me realize just how sick some adults are toward children. Thank your lucky stars that I won't be your judge and jury when YOU die."

Note from Darlene: I relocated the above story from Cathy onto this Commentary page because I believe the message is too important to keep hidden away as a comment. What are your thoughts about this issue of BOTH parents sexually abusing their son, and then both of them living in complete denial about it?

Click here to read or post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Child Abuse Commentary.

Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge the child abuse
stories on this site are true. While I cannot guarantee
this, I do try to balance the need for the submitter to be
heard and validated with the needs of my visitors.

E-book: Victim To Victory

From Victim to Victory
a memoir

How I got over the devastating effects of child abuse and moved on with my life


Most Recent

  1. Converging Stolen Lives

    Jan 30, 18 01:13 PM

    There was a time and space I didn’t think about you, or your abuse. Where when I looked back at my life, I only saw normal things, a normal childhood.

    Read More

  2. A letter to one of the 13 Turpin children

    Jan 29, 18 11:33 AM

    A heartfelt letter by a former classmate that speaks to bullying and regrets. You'll find it on my Facebook group. I hope you'll join and get in on the discussion.

    Read More

  3. Dissociated From Abuse

    Jan 29, 18 11:00 AM

    I was sexually abused by my father from age 6 to 13, which stopped when I started talking about it during the day. The teenage brother of my best friend

    Read More