Something came up recently in real life that I could use some opinions on.
Recently I've had a close female family member come forward and divulge some information to me. When she was younger (maybe 6 or 7 years ago) her mothers boyfriend at the time sexually molested her. She didn't tell anyone and no one really knows about it till now. The offender that did it has since moved in with and started a family with her mom (they now have a son together). Over the years I suppose she learned to forgive the person (or just kept it in the whole time) and has since come to accept him and actually love him like a real father figure.
Well the years have gone by and now she has a real hard time dealing with it. She breaks down and cries about it often and and has since told me about it. Well she wants to know if she should tell anyone (like her mom or grandmother) She's afraid to because of the uproar it would cause in the family but at the same time she's having a really difficult time keeping it in. She REALLY doesn't want to "rock the boat".
So now she has come to me and asked me if she should tell her family about it and honestly I don't know.I feel obligated to tell her family about it but it's really her choice to make, not mine.
I'm hoping a third person perspective might offer some insight.