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I felt the same way for years -- my family was full of little girls, I was the oldest and probably the first abused, but not the last. If I had reported it all the other girls would have been spared, etc., etc. Years of therapy and a better understanding of the dynamics of this abuse have helped me come to terms with it.
I'm about your age, and I know that the culture we grew up in valued the appearance of harmony and the perfect life much more than hearing the truth. We were not heard.
It's not your fault. All this man's victim's are not your responsibility -- they're his, and the culture that oppressed children's voices and gave him safety.
I wish you peace.
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