The death of a sexual abuse victim

Dear readers, Please sit back and close your eyes while I walk you through my life. The “life of a sexual abuse victim”. I say “life” only because I’m physically alive but in truth, a more accurate term would be “the death of a sexual abuse victim”.  Let’s take a walk to the school in […]

Lawsuit: Rabbi who abused is now principal in Lakewood

According to the New York Post, Rabbi Joel Falk is named by a former Yeshiva Torah Temimah student in a new lawsuit, one of the first against a rabbi under New York’s Child Victims Act. Baruch Sandhaus, now 52, claims Falk “would inappropriately touch” his penis in 1980, shortly after he started ninth grade at age 13, […]

Inquiry: Amsterdam Cheder still not protecting children

Over the last couple years, JCW has been sharing the allegations that the board of the Jewish cheder of the Netherlands, and specifically Rabbi Binyamin Jacobs, intentionally acted to cover up abuse taking place in the school. A follow-up inquiry by the Ministry of Education (Education Inspectorate), released this week, has revealed that 8 months […]

Weiss Victim: He identified me as his prey

Victim Impact Statement Menachem M. Weiss sentencing, September 9, 2019 I never thought this day would come. 20 years ago, my parents entrusted me to the home and expertise of the man then known as Rabbi Menachem Mendel Weiss, of Woodcliff Lake, NJ. I lived in his house, with his family, across the country from […]

Rabbi Menachem (Mendy) Weiss pleads guilty to 1999 sexual abuse

Today, Menachem (Mendy) Weiss of Los Angeles pled guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a minor in New Jersey with the prosecution recommending a six-year prison sentence and that Weiss be registered as a sex offender.  On March 20, 2018, Weiss was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, after […]

Here’s what it was like to finally confront my abuser

Confronting my abuser was a powerful and therapeutic experience. Even though I felt nervous, scared and petrified in the beginning, it was worth every single second. Confronting my abuser gave me an incredible amount of closure. Closer that I needed so badly. By confronting my abuser I got so much peace of mind. By confronting […]

A victim’s shame

Shame.  The shame that I’m feeling is so intensely strong. It was born on that dreadful day. The day when I first met him.  The day when the spark in my soul was extinguished.  The day that I no longer owned my body. The day in which my body became a pleasure machine for him.  […]