Incest: Help for Nonabusing Parents
- If you had no idea that incest was occurring, you may be very surprised to hear what has happened.
- You may have difficulty figuring out how to respond to your child or to the abuser.
- You may feel angry at the abuser for hurting your child.
- If you weren't aware of the abuse, you may feel angry at your child for not telling you.
- You might feel angry at your child for disclosing the abuse.
- You may feel sad for your child, for what this means to your family or for yourself because you need to deal with this situation.
- You might feel anxiety about responding the "right" way to your child.
- You might feel anxiety about how this will impact your relationship with your child or the abuser.
- You may worry that this has legal consequences for you.
- Depending on your family circumstances, you may be afraid that the abuser will find a way to harm you or your child.
- If the abuser was responsible for supporting the family, you may be afraid of being on your own.
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