The husband is an alcoholic. He sits and drinks vodka most of the day, won't let the daughter take toys out of her room or watch TV outside of her room. He won't take the daughter outside. He's either drinking, smoking or sleeping all day.
Anyway, I've grown very concerned about the situation and the effect it is having on my niece. I talked to my sister-in-law about the situation and a close friend of mine wondering what to do. They are also concerned.
I told my mother today that I had talked to these two people about how concerned I was. My mother HAD A HUGE FIT. She told me that I shouldn't be talking about family matters and that my sister could lose her daughter if children's services found out about what was going on. I told her that if she felt it was that bad, then maybe children's service should take the child away.
I feel guilty because, in a sense, she's right. I shouldn't go blabbing other people's business. On the other hand, I needed to talk to someone about it or I would go crazy.
Should I have kept my mouth shut? Should I disown my family? What should I do now?