So, I know things have been weird around here.
It comes down to this:
either you believe a victim or you blame a victim.
Mr F and I fall into the former category,
while sadly a SHOCKING number of people in my extended family fall into the latter.
It's a pretty sickening discovery.
How someone can believe a boyfriend's story hook line and sinker...
even after the police had been called...
so willing to write off their own daughter as an hysterical idiot rather than abused?
Not willing to drive 1 hour to verify her safety, when no one could locate her.
While Mr F drove 600 miles there and back TWICE in one week to do so.
Not for his own sister... but for MINE.
Only to have him accused of overstepping his bounds (not by the boyfriend but by my own father).
We've been threatened, maligned... it is unbelievable.
People, our minds have been blown.
It never occurred to me that I was supposed to get approval from my father to help my adult sister.
Or that he would be so threatened by our doing so.
And, yet, the abusive relationship makes a LOT of sense now.
So the question is:
If you have opened up your home for an extended period of time, how did it go?
What things worked and what did not?
What do you wish you had known or done differently?
Did you have some kind of set agreement about responsibilities?