In Reply to: Small clarification on the Jr. and Sr Johns posted by porceleindoll on February 24, 2005 at 07:09:18:
Thinking the letter was from your dad frustrated & upset me deeply, because if I could possibly give I would give. I think it's a very worthy cause & now is the time to step up to the plate & help if we can & I'm upset that I can't help. So thinking it was written by your dad I thought what's he doing? First he humbly apologizies & leads by example of restoring relationships between generations, then he shames & blames to try to get people to do something. It made no sense.
Knowing the letter is from your brother -- an SG who was sexually abused in the Family -- makes a big difference & a lot of the sting goes out of what he said. He has a lot of legitimate anger & he's just come out of 2 months of exposing the Family only to have them lie & stonewall & say that the abuse your generation suffered didn't happen. Imagine this! After all their 'apologies' so-called to those who 'may' have suffered, now they come out & deny all over.
I still think the tone of the post above was more strong than warranted & blaming & shaming people doesn't open dialogue. Anyway, most of the posters on this site agree that our generation is to blame & have done everything we can to apologize to our kids & make ammends. I think some of us can do more & should.