At 15, my daughter was jumped and battered by a gang of girls on her way home from school because her Dad burgled a pupils house who was in the same class as her. Imagine how my daughter felt? She was in her last year at school, doing well, and then her Dad turned her world upside down. She wrote to him, called him a bastard, dirty smack-head, you name it but she needed to get things off her chest and he, whether in prison or not, needed to hear it. It's alright for people to tip-toe around and say her Dad has an illness because he is a recovering addict blah blah, but the hard fact of the matter is, he screwed up his daughters life. We are working through it the best we can, baby steps, and our family GP referred her to a mental health charity that counsels kids and they are very good.
My hugs go to all the other children and families in this situation. From PN