A Brother's Extreme Guilt over Abandoning His Siblings in Foster Care

Season 5 Episode 506
Aired on 03/10/2018 | CC
Markis says that ever since he was 7 years old, he has felt like his brothers' protector. For 25 years, he has carried this self-imposed burden, now blaming himself for the pain and suffering his siblings experienced as a result of the traumas they endured in foster care—particularly his younger brother Marvin.

Marvin, Markis and their brothers were together in the same group home at one point, until Markis and the older boys ran away. "We didn't see [Marvin] going through no bad stuff while we was there," Markis says. "In my head, I'm like, 'They're not gonna do nothing to him.'"

However, Markis was mistaken. Marvin was molested. In the video above, Markis breaks down over his guilt while Iyanla offers comfort and perspective to help Markis begin his own journey toward healing.

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