Thursday, 16 December 2010
My lies tore our family apart
However by the time she was 14 their close relationship had soured amidst a storm of adolescent rebellion. “There were some terrible screaming matches,” she recalls.
Over the next 20 years the relationship between father and daughter remained strained. They barely saw each other and Meredith admits to feeling angry and neglected. Her relationship with her mother Donna was distant too although she remained close to her younger brother Doug...
It could have been just an average tale of a moderately dysfunctional family but in 1988 an astounding claim turned all their lives upside down.
Out of the blue Meredith, who was then 37, accused her father of sexually abusing her as a child. The allegations rocked her family and Meredith’s relationship with her father was left in tatters. Worse still not everyone believed what she was saying. While Doug supported her their mother was adamant the abuse had never happened...