The title is self-explanatory; on all the websites out there and in most of the books/blogs I've read, it seems that the abuser, when (s)he is a close family member, somehow magically disappears when the victim grows up. Or else the victim makes a courageous decision to cut off all ties and that's that.
Is there anyone here - anyone in the world - who doesn't find themselves able to make that decision?
How do you feel when you are in contact with them? Say at family gatherings or on the telephone? Have you ever confronted them about the abuse?
Please, somebody, tell me I'm not the only coward in the world.