Your actions may well have saved your nieces from a lifetime of pain as well, who knows?
Man...this doesn't get any easier. How many cans of worms you guys got?
Seriously, I never even thought of something until you said this, Hauser. My sister was physically abusive towards me when I was a child (was she sexually abusive towards me? At this point, I don't know). It was her way of acting out her abuse. She was a child as well, so I can't lay a whole lot of blame on her especially since she has since come forward to apologize (another something I have to work through, I fear).
When I think of the indirect danger my nieces could have been in through the chain reaction that so oftentimes accompanies abuse, I get a whole new knot in my stomach. My nephew is the oldest sibling in the family. The possibilities are horrendous.
Yeah, I suppose at some time in the future I'll be able to take solace in the fact that these kids will never have to endure such pain and that I had something to do with that. But right now, it just hurts so bad to think about it....to think how close this disaster was to coming to fruition.