DEAR ABBY: My sister and I live with our aunt because our mother is in jail and our father is nowhere to be seen. She was the only one willing to take us in. However, she uses drugs and has many criminal types in and out of the apartment.
Some of the guys she brings here sometimes stay awhile and try to make moves on us (if you know what I mean), and it makes us very uncomfortable. We share a room that doesn't even have a lock on the door, and we are so scared at night we put the dresser against the door before we go to bed when there's somebody here.
We're grateful that our aunt cared enough about us to take us when nobody else would, but it's still a scary situation. What can we do? -- SCARED IN MICHIGAN
DEAR SCARED: You and your sister have my sympathy. For no fault of your own, you have been dealt a difficult hand in life.
Although your aunt's heart may have been in the right place when she took you in, it appears from what you have written that she is neither mature enough nor stable enough to live up to that responsibility. You and your sister deserve to be able to sleep in your beds at night without fear.
I strongly urge you to talk to a trusted teacher at school about your situation. Your well-being could depend upon an intervention.