(People Magazine) – Erin Merryn was just six years old when she was sexually abused by a male neighbor. She was too scared to tell anyone. “He kept telling me, ‘No one will believe you,’ ” says Merryn, 28, of Schaumburg, Ill.
The abuse didn’t stop until her family moved when she was 8 ½ years old. Three years later, a second male relative began abusing her. He scared her into silence as well – until her sister came to her with a chilling story of abuse from the same male relative.
“She just blurted it out,” says Merryn. “I thought, ‘Wow. Now I have somebody to back up my story.’ ” The next day they told their parents, who went to the police.”