“When I confronted you, you just denied it”

Dear abuser, I’m writing this letter to you through a mixture of awesome pain, anger and disgust. I’m writing to tell you that I have never forgiven you and I don’t know if and when I’ll ever be able to forgive you. I honestly don’t know how you go around your life, living a regular […]

[Video] “I only realized the evil done to me when I was 15”

26-year-old Nachi Pasikov grew up in a Haredi community in Jerusalem. He was abused as a for the first time at the age of six. He was interviewed for Kaan’s new program “We’re Not Silent”: “I remember playing in the street when a young man approached me. He started to touch me. When he tried […]

[VIDEO] A former Vizhnitz Chasid describes a decade of abuse

25-year-old Avrumi Kroiser grew up in the Vizhnitz Chasidic community in Bnei Brak. Beginning from the age of 11, Avrumi was sexually abused regularly by several different people. Despite talking to several adults including his parents and the community’s Admor, no steps were taken to help prevent the abuse. He was simply told that if […]

Dear fellow abuse victim

I don’t know who you are as I’ve never met you and probably never will. Yet at the same time I feel a very strong connection to you. We’ve both been through the horrors of childhood trauma and abuse and we both struggle with the aftershocks of it all. I know your pain because I’ve […]

16-Year-Old Arrested on Suspicions of Abusing His Sisters

Police from the Jerusalem precinct received information suggesting that a teenager from a Haredi family has been abusing his two younger sisters for the past year, according to reports from the ‘Bchedri Charedim’ news site. The adolescent was arrested after the allegations were established during an initial investigation. He was arraigned at a local court […]

When my grandfather the Rosh Yeshiva molested me

Eli Hirschman was sexually abused by his grandfather, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Matmidim Yeshiva and leader of the Eidas Yerushalayim community while studying at his grandfather’s Yeshiva. He kept quiet for years, but when he finally went public, he was excommunicated, along with anyone who believed him. This is his story as shared in […]

the long journey

Submitted by a brave survivor.    Dear friends,   I just arrived after a long trip from NY to Toronto. It was a really tough drive as it was raining really hard the whole way. It was very hard to see out and the markings were so vaguely visible. Additionally, there were many trucks flying […]

No I Do Not Forgive You!

With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur around the corner people like to reflect back on their wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness. I’ve been getting a lot of pressure at home that I need to forgive. My parents want me to forgive them for not protecting me when I was a helpless child. My brother wants […]

Tishrei Children Safety Guide

Dear Parents, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succos and Simchas Torah are here. Jewish Community Watch would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families a wonderful new year, and remind you of some important safety tips to keep in mind during this exciting season. While most tips are geared for […]

There IS hope

A survivor has a message for JCW – and for other survivors.   Dearest Shana Aaronson, Shulamit Morris and JCW, I feel awed that I’d been given the privilege of getting help by such amazing individuals who are part of an amazing organization like JCW. What I’ve been through cannot be described… even to other […]

Why I couldn’t say Slichot

Submitted by a Survivor.  Dear Hashem, It’s selichos night. Last year I went to shul on selichos night and was overcome with an enormous amount of guilt and pain over my life, that I needed to leave shul right away. This year I’m not even attempting to go. I don’t have the strength for it. […]

60 years of struggling with the effects of abuse

Submitted by a survivor of abuse.  I recently came across some YouTube videos from Jewish Community Watch. To say that I have been deeply moved is to put it lightly.  For years, families, communities, and our religious institutions have refused to address this issue.  Having been unwilling to do so, children have been harmed in […]

Mother finds out husband is molesting their children

BeHadrei Haredim interviewed a woman in Israel who works round the clock to sustain her family after her husband was jailed for abusing her daughters. The piece explains how the mother, “Rachel”, was called in by her daughter’s school.  The principal told her that her daughter had complained to the school psychologist she was enduring […]

“I read about another rapist rabbi and I can’t function”

Dear Rabbonim, I come to you with a mixture of pain, anguish and anger. I’ve heard about yet another very big “Rav” who is leading a double life. To everyone on the outside he extolls the virtues of Yiddishkeit and the Torah and behind closed doors he’s a serial rapist. He abuses the innocent and vulnerable girls and […]

All the things I did not know

Submitted to JCW by a brave survivor.  I thought that if I never said it, it wouldn’t be real. I thought that if I didn’t think about it, it would just go away. I was sure if I just ignored it, it would cease to be. If I kept my eyes closed I wouldn’t have […]

OpEd: Closure for victims of deceased abusers

By Shana Aaronson, COO, Jewish Community Watch. JCW has a longstanding policy not to expose predators who are already dead, and to remove individuals from the wall once they have passed away. The reasoning for this is quite simply that an offender poses no risk to children in the community after he is dead, and […]