‘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 […]

How JCW saved my life

Dear friends, If you look at me you will see a healthy-looking young man. You will see a successful person who’s married and has a family and business. You will perhaps even be jealous of me. However, if you look into my soul, you will see a dark, empty and cold cavity. It’s filled with […]

I wish JCW was around years ago when I was being abused

By a survivor JCW wasn’t around when I was growing up. I wish they were. I spent my childhood searching for someone to share my secret with. I had so many questions. What was happening to me did not feel right. I was afraid all of the time. I was in pain. There were bruises […]

Former State Prosecutor and Advocate Leah Klein Joins JCW Board of Advisors

Klein brings with her over 20 years of experience prosecuting violent crimes in Miami Dade county, and advising youth-serving organizations in the Orthodox Jewish community. After graduating from the Cardoza School of Law in 1995, Leah Klein began her career in the state attorney’s office in the eleventh judicial circuit of Miami Dade county. She […]

A grateful survivor, a grateful mother

By Ora Barkai Most children grow up believing that most people are good. That love is good. But for so many, the new world they encounter is a silent torturous world fraught with shady individuals who exploit their innocence. Hungry wolves are waiting in the shadows to pounce on the young and tender lambs who […]