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Angelina Co. Child Advocate: Multiple abusers in one family not uncommon

Brain Garrett. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Brain Garrett. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
Brain Garrett. (Source: Angelina County Jail.) Brain Garrett. (Source: Angelina County Jail.)
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One family, two brothers, both who have related charges to sexual assault of a child.

"It's not uncommon for there to be multiple abusers in a family system," said Ashley Cook, Community Education Director, Harold's House

This month, Brian Garrett was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting two young girls ages nine and 10.

His brother Bryce Garrett was arrested in 2010 for molesting two girls ages three and four.

"I wouldn't say that we see a lot of problems with that I will say we do see it occasionally and its sad," said Greg Sanches, Angelina County Sherriff.

The arrest affidavit says that the girls told Harold's house officials Brian Garrett had sexually assaultted them multiple times since the beginning of the year.

Harold's House Community Education Director Ashley Cook says people who act as abusers were likely to have been abused as children.

"I don't know the particulars in this case but it can be that multiple abusers in one family might have one common person who abused them," said Cook.

Cook says sexual abuse is a leading health crisis among children and can have long term mental effects.

"Being suicidal, having depression, having eating disorders it has long term effects on the child," said Cook.

Cook says last year Harold's House had 230 cases and they are hoping proper treatment and support of victims will break negative cycles and keep history from repeating itself.

"We need awareness because that is what is going to teach families where this type of behavior is prevalent that its not ok," said Cook.

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