A woman whose grandfather repeatedly raped her mother has revealed her ‘worst fears’ came true after she was told she was a child of incest.

*WARNING distressing content

Lois Buch, from Brisbane, was adopted when she was a little girl and although felt ‘truly loved,’ became curious about her birth mother as she got older and the pair decided to meet up in Sydney in 1992.

“All I wanted to do was look like someone else,” the now 47-year-old reveals in an interview with Insight: Family Secrets on SBS ONE.

However, after her birth mother passed away from cancer she was told the truth about her father.

“My birth mother has a lot of siblings and her youngest said that our stories [about their biological father] may be linked,” Lois said.

“I contacted that sister and I asked her. I said, ‘We’re in our 40s now, I think we’re old enough now … and that you should just tell me [who he is]’.”

Within 24 hours, Lois had a reply that agreed she did need to know who her father was, but that she needed to travel to Sydney to find out and “prepare” for the worst.

“It really was my worst fears,” Lois said.

“She told me that my biological grandfather was my father. So my birth mother had been raped over many, many years, right through her childhood.

“There was another child as well that she had to her dad, same circumstances, also put up for adoption.”

As a child of incest, Lois was in shock for about six months after finding out the truth about her father.

“First thing I did was myth bust,” she said.

“I went straight to my doctor and said …‘Is there anything wrong with me physically?’

“You really think … what’s everyone going to think if they hear this?

“My doctor quickly assured me that if you’re created from two physically fit parents, regardless if they’re related, then there’s only a six per cent chance that I could have physical problems.”

‘It really was my worst fear’.

Up until that point, Ms Buch had believed her mother fell pregnant to a ‘boy she went to high school with,’ news.com.au.

The Brisbane woman was also shocked to discover her mother had not only fallen pregnant to her grandfather once, but twice.

She then sent one of her aunties a Facebook message asking her to ‘be brave’ and reveal the truth about her family.

‘I immediately tried to take it back as soon as I sent it,’ Ms Buch told SBS’s Insight program on Tuesday.

‘But she replied within 24 hours and said “I will tell you, but you need to see me face to face and you need to prepare yourself for the worst”.’

Ms Buch said she had met her grandfather a few times when she was younger, but ‘never got a chance to confront him,’ before he died.

‘I had met my biological grandfather on a number of occasions without knowing what impact he had in my being here,’ Ms Buch said.

‘But, I don’t think it’s denial, I just think I just don’t identify with what he did because what he did was a crime.’

She said he was always the ‘quiet man sitting in the corner,’ and never looked her in the eye.

No charges were ever laid against her biological grandfather.

Full story on Family Secrets SBS

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  • Gosh, her poor mother. That’s an awful situation for everyone really.


  • Wow some families do have them.thats a lot for a family to deal with a lot of families might get secrets buried, except that story is shocking might watch on sbs thanks.


  • Oh my goodness. What a terrible thing to discover


  • How awful to find out something like this. I just can’t imagine how he must really be feeling.


  • What an appalling thing to find out.


  • I watched this episode of Insight the other night and I think I wasn’t shocked because the lady herself handled the news quite well considering. I think this would have been such a trauma for her mother who was the victim of incest.


  • Oh my, wouldn’t that be the biggest shock!? So much to digest! Not knowing who your biological dad was and to then find out he was actually your grandfather too! That’s a lot to get your head around :/


  • It would be awful to learn such an awful thing. I hope it doesn’t affect her too much and she manages to move on


  • This used to happen far too often. Still does and unfortunately they don’t get charged / people are too scared to come forward


  • how horrific! noone would want to know this


  • What a terrible discovery for this woman! It must have been horrid for her mother to keep this ugly secret. :-(


  • A disturbing and sad story for the woman involved.


  • What a truely shocking story. I would be in a permanent state of shock. She is very brave to openly talk about this.


  • This type of news would be really hard to digest. It’s a shame as Lois hasn’t the chance for closure either as both “biological” parents are deceased. I don’t know if knowing the truth in this circumstance is helpful at all.

    • It possibly would have been helpful if either of her parents had a hereditary medical condition at that doesn’t show up until a person is older.
      Under the circumstances I would rather not have known. One consolation was there was no possibility of encountering him at all.


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