Content note: this post discusses childhood sexual abuse by a family member, failings by parents and police, and lack of justice.
I was routinely sexually abused by my grandfather from the age of eleven. My school called the police when I disclosed at 15 and I underwent an interview, after which my parents were told that I had simply misunderstood his actions due to my Autism and the case was dropped. He went on to abuse a number of other people in the next five years, but the abuse I was subjected to was never brought up again even though he was prosecuted for the other (less serious as far as the law goes) incidents, and he died without ever facing consequences for his abuse of me.
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- The NSPCC has lots of information on their website, including how to spot the signs of abuse and what you can do if you suspect a child is in danger.
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