A person who has been abused should be able to charge offender until they die. But what about the ones who are innocent? Have you ever kicked a child out at 18 for bad behavior in the home and around your other younger children, only for them to come back with the threat taking you to court and accusing you of something you did not do unless you meet their demands? Then they go around telling everyone and getting pity, getting attention for themselves for the things they did to get kicked out of the home.
It has been a repeating pattern. The relationship is broken and seems unfixable. The lie has grown so big now, the child will not admit it is a lie. It started about three years ago and we just stopped initiating contact. However, every once in a while, there is some form of contact, with a threat of the same nature, unless we meet some demand, from not being allowed to talk to certain people to sending money.
I love the child who is now an adult, but the bad habits and actions are still there. This child has been in court three times last year for different things: drugs, shoplifting and an at fault car accident. I do not know the full details. I've been trying to give tough love, however, I got a threat again today and it stirs up fear of just having to deal with something like this that can ruin the family. How long must it go on? How can it be stopped?
I hoping the statute of limitations will run out so it can no longer be something to throw at us. Just being charged with something like this ruins lives.