2017-05-29 (1)

A Bnei Brak Teacher Molests Children but Parents are Too Afraid to React

Last night Israeli Channel 2 broadcasted another horrifying story from Bnei Brak, where a number of parents believe that one of the teachers has been sexually abusing their children for a several years. When approached, the principal confirmed that the suspect “strokes children – it’s true, no doubt about it.”  Nevertheless, the parents are frightened to take the matter […]

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Shavuos Message from JCW

Ahavas Yisrael is a central theme of the Shavuos story. In the most dramatic event in the Jewish tradition, the entire Jewish people gather around Mount Sinai as they received the Torah. There’s a well-known textual nuance – it says that the “people camped around the mountain” in the singular – a sign that the […]

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[Video] Hundreds Give Rabbi Berland Hero’s Welcome

  Hundreds of Rabbi Eliezer Berland’s followers greeted the admitted sex offender with joyous singing as he returned to his home in Jerusalem. Berland previously spent three years on the run after being accused of serious sex offenses against a number of woman, including minors. He was finally returned to Israel in 2016 where Berland […]

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How to Protect Your Children from Online Pervs

This month JCW staff in Israel attended a conference for Israel’s new national police cyber unit “Maor” – dedicated to addressing internet-based violence and crimes against children. The conference saw representatives from police units all over the country, as well as international experts, and a number of non-governmental organisations addressing child sexual abuse and exploitation. […]

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Mendel Tevel added to the NYS Sex offender registry

Mendel Tevel was classified as a level 2 sex offender. and will now appear on the public sex offender registry for life. This is good news for the safety of our children and is a credit to a brave survivor, who faced down harassment and intimidation by the abuser’s family to make sure justice was served. Click here for the […]

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הגוף שלי נברא בצלם אלוקים

My body was created in the image of God. My body was pure. My body was good, all of it was good. But suddenly he came in to my life. And he touched my body that belonged  to me! My body doesn’t feel pure anymore. My body isn’t what it used to be. It was […]

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I didn’t want – לא רציתי

English Below לא רציתי את החיוך שלו. לא רציתי את העוגיות שלו. לא רציתי שהזכרונות ישארו. לא רציתי אותו בחיים שלי. בכלל. לא אהבתי את העיניים שלו, לא אהבתי ללכת לדירה שלו. לא אהבתי את תשומת הלב המיוחד שלו. לא אהבתי אותו. בכלל. שנאתי כשהוריד את הבגדים שלי. שנאתי שנגע בגוף הטהור שלי. שנאתי את […]

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THIS is an abuse survivor’s number one fear

I have previously expounded on the some of the guilt and shame that accompanies survivors of child sexual abuse. I want to share a little more about how untreated shame and guilt can progress to the point where substance abuse and/or suicide seems like the only answer for survivors. One morning, when I was in […]

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Morganville teacher charged with sexually assaulting boy at home

NJ.com reports: Authorities have charged a teacher at a Monmouth County school with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy at his township home in 2012. Detectives arrested Menachem A. Chinn, 36, Thursday night at East Windsor police headquarters, township police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Chinn is a teacher at the Shalom Torah Academy […]

2017-04-19 (8)

[VIDEO] Rabbi Yosef Blau (YU) Speaks Up For Child Sex Abuse Survivors

“The prohibition against speaking Lashon Hara is used to cover-up abuse.” At a JCW awareness event in 2016, Rabbi Yosef Blau addresses the issues of child sexual abuse in the orthodox community, cover-ups, reporting abuse to the police, and supporting survivors. Watch this powerful talk by the Mashgiach Ruchani (spiritual adviser) at Yeshiva University and a […]

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חירות שלי

עבור רבים מבני הנוער ששרדו התעללות מינית בילדות, במיוחד בתוך המסגרת המשפחתית, מציאת שירותים טיפוליים נאותים והסדרי מגורים, הינו אתגר עצום שלעיתים קרובות אף לא ניתן להתמודד עימו. הקטע הבא נכתב באומץ על ידי שורדת של JCW, על החוויה המטלטלת שלה במציאת סוף כל סוף מקום שעונה על ההגדרות הללו. ***** חירות להיות בית אמיתי […]

2017-03-27

22 Charedim Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Women and Children

לקריאת הכתבה המלאה בעברית In a raid conducted by Israeli Police forces early Monday morning, 22 Charedim were arrested on suspicion of sexual crimes against women and children over the past two years. The suspects had undergone internal proceedings conducted by a Charedi organization called “Tohar Hamachane” (also known as the Tznius police), who ‘treat’ […]

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It is not ok – לא בסדר

לא בסדר שהתחפש לאיש ישר והגון לא בסדר שקסם לי בעיניים עם עוגיה לא בסדר שהכריח אותי לא בסדר שהשתמש בגוף שלי בשביל למלא את תאוותיו ורצוניו, לא בסדר שלקח ממני את שנות ילדותי הרכות והתמימות, לא בסדר שהכניס לחיים שלי חושך, פחד, כאב, צער ודאגה כל האשמה- שלו! אשמתו שחיי’ התנפצו לרסיסים אשמתו שילדותי […]

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Sex Offender Detained on Charges of Sodomy of Four-Year-Old Girl

Yisrael Hayom reported: Roman Levin, a 38-year-old resident of Kiryat Sefer (Modi’in Illit) and a convicted sex offender has been detained on suspicions of sodomizing a four-year-old girl in Tel Aviv. Levin reportedly followed a group of children in Tel Aviv’s Tikvah neighborhood, and after luring them to a playground with games and sweets, sodomized […]

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Getting Away With Abuse

By Dr. Michael J. Salamon, originally published in the The New York Jewish Week. Just last week a New York State licensed teacher, an admitted and convicted child molester, received what is being referred to as a sweetheart sentence for his crimes. This 31-year-old charedi man (JCW Admin Note: Moshe Friedman) sodomized a 6-year-old, bit […]

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Chabad Combating Child Sexual Abuse In Israel

Chabad in Israel is taking new initiatives to combat the sexual abuse against children that has existed for years in the Chabad educational system. The new program, called “And you shall guard your souls” after the Biblical commandment, is teaching children learning in Chabad institutions to be watchful of sexual abuse and to report any […]

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David Shapiro Arrested On Embezzlement Related Charges

Several months ago, Jewish Community Watch (JCW), an organization which combats child sexual abuse, noticed several internal financial irregularities. JCW immediately brought this to the attention of the North Miami Beach Police Department and fully cooperated with their investigation. That investigation culminated today with the arrest of Mr. Shapiro on charges of grand theft, identify […]

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The Confusion Of Incest

Originally published in Neshamas. My adoration for him was the moon and sun, The sky and earth. Even after my my blocked memories resurfaced, And my seething anger ceased, I still saw him, Through those bright blue eyes, And blue Bais Yaakov uniform. He was still my special brother, The one who protected me. The […]

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A Letter to myself as a little girl – מכתב לילדה הקטנה שבליבי

כואב לי שכואב לך. כואב לי שההורים שלי לא ידעו כואב לי שהרס והחריב את החיים שלי כואב לי שאני חיה אותו כל פעם מחדש כואב לי שאני חושבת עליו כואב לי ששלט בי כואב לי שנגע בגוף שלי כואב לי כואב לי שלא נוח לי בגוף שלי כואב לי שאני “קשה” על עצמי כואב […]

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Is There An Exit? A Survivor’s Poem

Songs of hope fail me. Dance of faith walks away from me. Left alone, In the shadows of darkness. Left to be, In the mercy of light.   For light of day so far, Do I see.   For dark of night, Not only near, Yet, Within me.   Escape this death of, Abuse. My […]

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Rambam on Sexual Perversion

Rambam: Hilchos Yesodai HaTorah 5:7   ומנין שאפילו במקום סכנת נפשות אין עוברין על אחת משלש עבירות אלו שנאמר ואהבת את ה’ אלהיך בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך ובכל מאודך אפילו הוא נוטל את נפשך והריגת נפש מישראל לרפאות נפש אחרת או להציל אדם מיד אנס דבר שהדעת נוטה לו הוא שאין מאבדין נפש מפני נפש ועריות […]