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 […]

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Words of advice from one survivor to another

Last month JCW Israel finished its first women’s survivors support group in Jerusalem. At the end of the group we asked the amazing participants to share their words of wisdom and advice to survivors.   Here is the last of a series essays we have shared over the past month. *** PLEASE don’t ever judge […]

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I was abused when I was 12, here’s why I’m publishing my story.

I was raised ultra-orthodox (Chabad) in a large wonderful family right in the middle of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. I attended the popular elementary school Oholei Torah and during summer breaks I was generally at a Chabad sleep-away camp. For high school (yeshiva) I attended Chabad schools in Europe and Israel. I was sexually abused […]

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We are survivors of the night

I put on my pajama pants. Tie the draw strings real tight. I then put on my second pair. Tie the draw strings real tight. Again, I put on my third pair. Tie the draw strings real tight. Next, I move my dresser and chair to barricade my bedroom door. Lastly, I wrap my blanket […]

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10 lessons I learned on the journey from victim to survivor

Last month JCW Israel finished its first women’s survivors support group in Jerusalem. At the end of the group we asked the amazing participants to share their words of wisdom and advice to survivors.   Here is the second of a series essays we are sharing throughout the month. *** Dearest Survivor I know that […]

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You Will Be OK

Last month JCW Israel finished it’s first women’s survivors support group in Jerusalem. At the end of the group we asked the amazing participants to share their words of wisdom and advice to survivors who are early on in their journey of healing, a place very familiar to every one of them from not that […]

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A mother’s Eicha

Admin’s Note: Yesterday we posted a letter from a mother whose child had been abused by a cousin, here is a personal version of Eicha she submitted to JCW. Photo for illustration purposes only. איכה ישבה בדד העיר רבתי עם How is it possible that me, a family person, one who has kept my family […]

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Am I putting my son in danger?

By Pattie Fitzgerald,  child safety educator, founder of www.safelyeverafter.com and prevention education adviser to JCW. When our kids are very young, it’s often easier to control who they play with and what they’re doing.  As they grow up, we often question when to let go or what types of relationships are safe or healthy.  A […]

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Convicted Pedophile Stefan Colmer Found Using Alias

Stefan Colmer, convicted and imprisoned for sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys, is now going by the name David Cohen. Colmer changed his name after fleeing to Israel to avoid trial. He was extradited to the United States in 2007, and in 2009 was found guilty and sentenced to up to seven years in prison. Colmer was […]