Our expert says:
Its common for people in such situations not to tell about it, for many reasons, including the expectation that they will not be believed and maybe threats from the perpetrator ).
This illustrates how, even if we manage to cope reasonably well with early experiences of abuse, later events can bring about a return of unwelcome memories. But your mom is right, after all this time there's really no point in laying a charge - the police are bad enough at dealing with crimes that happened yesterday, and after this delay, it'd be her word against his, and I doubt that any court would convict. There is no shortage of hypocrites in high places, church and politics, sadly. Sometimes the bad guys get away with it. Sometimes it catches up with them, when they commit a present-day offense, confident that they'll get away with it again.
But there's no value for your mom's sake ( which is surely the most important thing ) in reviving the whole matter and storring up more painful memories for her.
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