Our expert says:
How could you for even a moment imagine that this wasn't abuse ? Of course it is, and should be reported to the police. You'd need legal advice, though, on issues like the statute of limitations, if this all stopped a long time ago, and if there is no corroborating evidence ( so it's a she says / he says conflict ) which might make it hard to prosecute. But even police inquiries might discourage him if there's any possibility he might be abusing other children.
Low self-esteem and other effects are very credible, and the individual should seek individual counselling / psychotherapy.
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