Hello my name is Vivian. About 2 years ago my mother, with great shame and fear, revealed to me that she had been raped as a young girl on a date. She and her older sister, my aunt, went to the police for help and was told there was nothing they can do. It took everything my momma had to even tell me this. She said she had told my father not to long before she told me. She has been caring this burden inside for many years. I believe she thinks it is her fault! I didn’t want to upset her any more than she was so I did not ask her many questions. I hugged her. I believe that years of this kind of silence put a huge strain on our family and on our relationship as mother and only daughter. She never delt with the hurt and trauma of it all and kept it a secret. I believe it still lays a huge burden on her life to this day. She is 80 yrs old now still active and just started her life dream of taking up piano lessons. My wish is for her t o be able talk about the incodent, stop blaming herself and live the rest of her life loving who she is. Is there anything I can do to help her? It is so important to be open and talk to someone you can trust. Keeping such a horrific part of your life to yourself effects not only the quality of life for yourself but for your family too. I love her.