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 […]

Serial child rapist arrested 20 years later

Jimmy Julius (Yosef Chaim) Karow, 48 was indicted on numerous charges this Wednesday after JCW investigators tracked the wanted child rapist down to a medical clinic in Rishon Lezion. Karow fled the United States over 20 years ago as police were closing in on him for child sexual abuse but was arrested again in Israel […]

Researchers are using AI to detect sexual abuse – your help needed

Haifa University and Anima-ey are in the process of developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system to detect sexual abuse experiences among children and youth. This project is an important one with powerful potential implications for detection (and early intervention) of CSA. They are seeking members of the general public to participate in this important research […]

Jerusalem grandfather arrested for abusing three granddaughters

A 67-year-old Charedi grandfather is suspected of sexually abusing three of his granddaughters. The unnamed Jerusalem resident was arrested yesterday and is scheduled to appear in court today.  According to a Hebrew report in Kikar Shabbat, the abuse occurred about a year and a half ago for a period of about a year. The victims are […]

‘I was abused at 5 – then I was shunned’

This is the first time I am publicly speaking in decades about my experiences and even though this is anonymous, I am petrified. I am scared of repurcussions, I am scared somebody might work out who I am, I am fighting the inner feeling of wanting to hide behind a big piece of furniture and […]

As an incest survivor, here’s what I think about

Dear world, This is what it’s like to be in my body. I think of all the secrets that I have that I can’t just say because it is not normal things. I think about how I have been treated. I think about how my brain has been so manipulated. I think about how my […]

‘Today I went back to the site of my abuse’

To my Abuser I’ve reached a new and very special milestone today. I got to a place in which I thought I’ll never get to. It was so meaningful and so emotional at the same time. It was a moment of immense pain, yet at the same time I was overwhelmed with gratitude to God […]

Midwood resident arrested for child porn and other charges

Last week on April 4th, Alexander (Aly) Mayer was arrested by the FBI after an undercover operation revealed that Mayer had possessed and distributed child pornography. The criminal complaint against Mayer details that for the last six months, Mayer corresponded with an undercover officer who he believed to be the father of a 9 year […]

‘I just saw my abuser at a Simcha’

I just saw you! You. You, who robbed my life. You, who stole my peace of mind. You, who hurt me and burned me. You, who extinguished the flame in my soul. You, who appeared in so many of my nightmares. You, who changed my life forever. You, who I am disgusted and sick from. You, who caused me indescribable pain. […]

NJ therapist Elliot Halberstam sentenced to 13 years for abusing client

In 2015, the FBI arrested and charged New Jersey- based therapist Elliot Halberstam with three counts of sexual enticement and exploitation of a minor and receipt of child pornography. The arrest was widely reported at the time. The charges alleged that Halberstam had groomed one of his clients, then a 16 year old boy, who he had been seeing […]

Sitting at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean

I’m Sitting at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean after an extremely painful therapy session. I once again went deeply into the most traumatic part of my life. The part in which I never wanted to face out of fear of falling apart. The part that I have nightmares about. The part which causes me […]

Job Opening: Victim Advocate in NYC

Position Title:            Victim Advocate Department/Division:        Investigative Services Reports to:            Chief Operating Officer Status:                Full-Time/Exempt Location:            New York, New York   Job Summary The Victim Advocate collects and gathers information from victims and other community members regarding alleged abusers in an effort to assist in building […]

9-year-old girl brutally attacked in stairwell

A 9-year-old girl was attacked by an anonymous man in the heart of Bnei Brak while pushing her baby sister home from school in her stroller. The man allegedly dragged the girl and the stroller with the baby inside into a nearby stairwell where he sexually assaulted her for several minutes. He only stopped his […]

Unlovable

I’m alone and I’m afraid. Everyone’s gone. I wished they’d stayed I’m confused. Can’t find my way. I slowly muddle through each day No one sees me. No one hears. No one knows about my fears I’m not pretty. I’m not smart. I’m not worthy. They have no heart I’m so small and I’m not […]

Why Rabbonim triggered my PTSD

I was just at a wedding and needed to leave because I got horribly triggered. I’m in a very delicate state and therefore need to be extra careful with my triggers to not allow myself to stay in a triggering situation for too long. I would have liked to stay but needed to leave for […]

A letter to my 7-year-old self

A survivor of long-term incest and child sexual abuse writes a letter to her 7-year-old self.  I know you’re scared. Every day, all day, you are so afraid. Nothing in your life seems safe. You think that no one sees you, no one hears you. You think no one cares about you at all. You […]

A 19-year-old who attacked a girl on Jerusalem street arrested and released

A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a young man while walking down the street in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem. Following her complaint, the police immediately opened an investigation and a 19-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of assaulting multiple minors and other women. The suspect was brought before Judge Oren Silverman in Jerusalem […]

You abused our children and destroyed our family

I’m going to say what I’ve wanted to say for so long: I’ve wanted to say that he tore apart a beautiful healthy family. I’ve wanted to say that he is an abuser. I’ve wanted to say that being part of this community helped him and hurt his children. I’ve wanted to say that anyone […]