Family Draws Line at Spending Holidays With a Sex Offender

by Abigail Van Buren

DEAR ABBY: I have a nephew who is a Level III sex offender. My mom wants him at her house for the holidays, but none of the other family members plan to attend with their kids if he’s there.

Mom insists we should forgive him and can’t understand how people can’t forgive him for molesting children in his family. I don’t understand how my mom thinks it should be easy for us to forgive, but I feel bad for what she’s going through. She feels like her family is being torn apart. How can I help her understand that I see both sides of it? What should I do? — TORN APART

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