What horrible experiences. But what grace has been with with you all along, to handle all of that, to think and act quickly in your family's defense, not to become bitter, and to be merciful toward your dad; and what grace is with him to come as far as he has. Beautiful stories, and so beautifully told. They remind me of Flannery O'Connor's. She wrote fiction while your stories are true, but she interwove the stark horrors people are capable of in certain moments, with a sane and merciful regard toward them, seeing their humanity and weakness even in their worst moments. You seem to have that same regard, and it's amazing because it's real.