Commentary: Always Listen To Your Kids

Many of us watched the recent Oprah Winfrey interview with Mo'Nique's older brother, Gerald Imes.  He was not there to talk about the joys of having an Oscar Award winning sister.  Instead, he admitted publicly for the first time that he had molested Mo'Nique for several years beginning when she was 7 or 8. He also shared that he, too, was a victim of sexual abuse and used drugs at a very young age. Later, he was arrested and sent to prison after being convicted of abusing another child. Imes apologized to his sister stating "I'm sorry that it happened to you, and that I was the perpetrator, the one that did it to you. However, I understand your pain. I, too, was there. Now let's share this together and move on..." Related stories: Commentary: I'm Not Buying Mo'Nique's Brother's Apology"Precious" Star Mo'Nique Talks Abuse In ESSENCE MagazineHere's what you had to say: Diane Peeples: "Even I, who has never been sexually abused, understand that people handle abuse in different ways. There is no correct way to handle abuse. I really hope that the whole family gets the help that they deserve and need so that a healthy healing may begin for them."
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