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It is finally an emergency. We need help. Please.

My sister is 16 years old. She is bright, cheerful, smart, and an amazing cheerleader. But no one sees what my family does. She constantly lies. She's constantly having sex with many random men, and believe me, they are men. She began having sex at the age of 13, and has probably had up to 30 partners already. She is constantly getting in trouble, sneaking out of the house, sneaking these men into our family's house. The cops have been called on more than one occasion, and nothing seems to stop her. She does not think that her actions are wrong. She has a therapist, but she twists every situation to be in her favor. It is as if she does not see the wrong in her actions. The final straw was that she made my 10 year old brother take pictures of her, another girl, and 2 men. You can only imagine what they were doing, and how this has affected my brother. I cannot watch her live like this. Something is wrong with her. We need help. She cannot keep living like this or my family will kick her out. Are there any overnight treatments available? She needs to understand that bad things can, and will, happen to her. Please help us. This is tearing our family apart.

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