When I was in 8th grade, I threatened to tell if he didn’t leave me alone, he always responded one of two ways.
“If I leave you alone, then I’ll go to [insert sibling name here] instead. If you cooperate, I promise to leave them alone.” So as the big sister, I wanted to save all my siblings; In our house, I was the oldest of 5, at the time (his son from his first marriage wasn’t with us often, and now I can guess why). I was willing to take on all the abuse if it protected the others.
“Who is going to believe you?” Believe it or not, but my step father was liked by many. He was quite popular at the church that he forced my family to go to once he started dating my mother. So when I did finally talk to someone at my church, her response was less than helpful. She gave every excuse under the Sun for this man: He isn’t well. We should pray for him. You need to forgive him. Your family needs him. Do your best to not make him angry so he leaves you alone. God will never give you more than you can handle. Everything happens for a reason.
I’m not kidding. A Christian woman tried to make me believe that I needed to forgive a man that wasn’t sorry because it was God’s will.