I grew up with what I always felt was a very unique situation and have always been curious if anyone else has had this sort of experience. The source of my emotional and physical abuse was not from my parents, but my oldest brother (6 years older). It seems odd because you would think the parents would put a stop to it, but he was a very scary person and I think my parents were glad when they weren't the ones being abused because he emotionally abused my dad and sometimes physically abused my mom. This wasn't typical "older brother abuse." This was threats to be killed in your sleep, guns pointed at you, personal effects destroyed, etc. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience.