My husband and I have just been told that my husbands father will appear in court for historical child sex abuse. He has admitted part of the allegation, of touching her breasts one a couple of occasions and her vagina the once, he says nothing else happened.
Anyway we kno we are to expect a letter from I’m assuming the courts, is this just to tell us what we already know, that his father is guilty of child sex abuse and to make percussion’s when it comes to our one year old daughter, or are we to expect more to come of this?
Would really appreciate some insight into all this and what to expect.
I imagine it is social services who will contact you, not the courts. As he has admitted it he will be on the sex offenders register and they will want to know you are taking appropriate steps to protect your daughter.
I'd imagine that SS will write to you. He may receive a custodial sentence but either way he is likely to be on the sex offenders register. As for what it means for you, I presume you will be going NC and that he will no longer be permitted any kind of relationship with any of your children ever.
A similar situation happened to me but we were already nc with the person. We had a letter from SS informing us that person had been found guilty and offered help if we needed it. They came for a visit and that was it. They were very supportive and helpful.
Thank you for all your replies... I didn’t go to much into details as it’s wrong and there’s absolutely no defending him. I feel sicked by it all, and now have a husband who feels incredibly ashamed and let down. We just wanted to know how this was going to effect the 3 of us.
For me my opinion on his parents have completely changed, and from having a long chat with my husband today, me and his daughter is what matters, and he said he’s just not sure who his parents are anymore, makes me so sad that they have let him down like this, his wife knew not at the time of it happening but when she called into the school at the time, social services were involved all that time ago (30+ years ago) but for some reason nothing came of police involvement - which baffles me!! I have to question a women who stays with someone who they have brought into the home married and had a son with that then touches their daughter!!! (my husband was around one at the time)
I just hope for us it doesn’t mean involvement from Social services, and my daughter being on some sort of “risk list” because quite frankly that will piss me off - not at the services but at his parents who have got us in this situation. I don’t need to have SS around to advice me to being a good mother and that perverts are bad news!!
Any involvement is likely to be very light touch and supportive, unless you were to be protesting his innocence, minimising his guilt, and insisting he would never touch your child. If that were the case, they would get a lot more concerned, naturally enough.
If your attitude is of disgust, and your plans to sever ties, then you have little to worry about.
This isn't your husband's shame, though. Remind him of that. It's a corrosive way to feel.