Thank you for sharing this in such an open, honest and courageous manner. It is truly commendable. Although the content of what you shared is tragic, the way in which you wrote it is beautiful. I want you to know that you have NOTHING to be ashamed of, and although some people do not like this word, the fact is that you were a victim, a young girl too scared and confused to do anything about the sexual assault that was being perpetrated by someone who she was supposed to trust. Because of this, I believe that you should most definitely let your parents know what you went through as a young and vulnerable child while they were too busy chasing their dreams. Now, I am not blaming them for what happened, but because they are your parents, and because they openly acknowledge the fact that you have not lived up to your full potential, they should know WHY, they should know the pain and anguish you’ve kept bottled up inside of you for so long. If they blame you, or accuse you of not being brave enough to have gone to them while it was occurring, then they will prove themselves to not just be bad parents, but bad human beings. Fortunately, however, I don’t think that they’ll respond that way, in fact I think they’ll blame themselves for not being there and stopping it. And while you don’t want your parents to feel guilty or heartbroken, you need to share the burden of your experiences with them, because they are your parents, the two people in the world who are forever supposed to protect and support you, and they should know the life-altering horror that you went through as a child. It might even bring you guys closer, as your parents will finally come to understand you better. So, my advice to you is yes, you should tell your parents, but I hope that you wind up doing whatever your heart feels is right. Best of luck to you in your future.