Painful proposition leads to split in family


Dear Amy: My son revealed to me that years ago, an older male family member propositioned him to have sex.

This apparently took place at a holiday dinner where some heavy drinking had occurred (which was not unusual), and after his father and I had left.

My son confronted this person two years ago, and it didn’t go well.

The family member appeared truly shocked and denied all involvement.

At first, he was open to discussion, but then became very angry and lashed out.

My son has cut off all contact with him.

This has caused me a lot of pain and confusion.

I find it very hard to reconcile this person’s behavior with the person I know, but I can clearly see that my son has been traumatized.

We have a small extended family and he’s an only child, so I truly wish there could be reconciliation.

Is it wrong of me to want him to forgive this family member and have some semblance of a relationship going forward?

How should my son go about it?

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