Out of the darkness

All I saw was depression, anxiety, fear, and nightmares. I saw no way out. I was raped and molested for 11 years by family members. The pain was unbearable. I felt so, so alone and never felt safe to share the horrors I had endured. I reached rock bottom. The only person I felt safe […]

107 Haredi Rabbis Declare: Report Child Abuse to Police

One-hundred-and-seven rabbanim and dayanim have contributed their signatures to a kol koreh (public pronouncement) affirming the halachic obligation of all Jews to immediately report and notify secular law enforcement when they know of an instance of child abuse. The kol koreh is a historic watershed, due to its unprecedented, broad-based support from a large number […]

Two weeks ago in Monticello, my life changed forever

On Sunday August 9, JCW held an evening of education and awareness surrounding child sexual abuse. This was the 10th such event of the year with each previous event drawing massive crowds (over 3300 people in total). For whatever reason, only a small handful of people showed up for the event in Monticello. It was […]

Ex-leader of UK Jewry briefly in court over child molestation allegations

Republished from Times of Israel A former British lawmaker diagnosed with severe dementia appeared briefly in court Friday after being threatened with arrest if he failed to attend a hearing on charges of sex crimes against children. Greville Janner came to Westminster Magistrates’ Court after the failure of a last-minute attempt to appear via video […]

6 Reasons To Reveal Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Dr. Margaret Rutherford, Clinical Psychologist. Republished from the Huffington Post There are some stories I hear as a therapist I would never repeat. Not only because of confidentiality. Because I don’t want someone else, who has not been listening and learning for 20 years, to have to cope with the horror of how parents […]

Grooming Children for Sexual Molestation

By Gregory M. Weber, originally published on The Zero You’re a thief—a con artist. You recently met an elderly widow with a good–sized bank account fueled by pension and dividend checks. In sharp contrast, your own financial engine is running on fumes. You decide to take her money. So you befriend the lady. You run […]

Detroit JCC camp counselor charged for filming naked boys in locker room

(JTA) — A counselor at a JCC day camp in suburban Detroit was charged with producing child pornography after allegedly filming prepubescent boys in the JCC locker room and sharing the photos online. Matthew David Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was arraigned in federal court Thursday and charged with production, distribution, receipt and possession of child […]

Sexual Abuse of Children Remains Prevalent, Unreported, Study Says

A recent study, performed on behalf of “Lauren’s Kids” this past April, both reveals and confirms some disconcerting sexual abuse data. Lauren’s Kids, a South Florida 501(c)(3) founded by Lauren Book (a victim of sexual abuse for 6 years), “educates adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curricula, awareness campaigns and speaking engagements […]

10 Ways to Teach Your Child the Skills to Prevent Sexual Abuse

This article first appeared on Natasha Daniels’ website,  Anxious Toddlers. By Natasha Daniels  We teach our young children all sorts of ways to keep themselves safe. We teach them to watch the hot stove, we teach them to look both ways before they cross the street. But, more often than not, body safety is not taught until […]

The 3 Most Important Things To Say If A Child Discloses Abuse

By Ginger Kadlec, originally published on BeAKidsHero Finding the courage and strength to disclose abuse can be a tough thing for a child to do. An estimated 73% of children don’t disclose abuse for at least one year. Another 45% don’t tell anyone they are being abused for five years… still others never tell. A […]

Why Do Adults Fail to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse or Exploitation?

Originally published on 1in6 No excuses. But no simple answers, either. Ask nearly anyone: They’ll say they would speak up if they thought a child was being sexually used or abused. Many are certain they’d recognize exploitive or abusive behavior if it were happening. Almost no one believes they would allow harmful sexual behavior to […]

To Be a Friend to a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

By Rivka Joseph Over the years, I have truly been blessed with wonderful and supportive friends. Each one of them really helped carry me through these difficult times and made it possible to heal from the nightmare of child sexual abuse that I went through. As a very private person, I am particular about who […]

[Poem] A Space…

There’s a space, A place. A moment in time, And a site online. It’s a place where I feel safe. Where I feel free; I feel I could be me. I feel accepted, Not rejected. I feel loved, Not judged. I feel hopeful, And powerful. It’s where I feel inspired, And a desire, To do […]

Monsey: Sex-abuse charges dismissed against bus driver

SPRING VALLEY — Sexual-abuse charges against a Monsey school bus driver were dropped Friday after prosecutors said they could not prove their case. Shlomo Erps, 27, of Nancy Lane, was charged in June with a felony count of first-degree sexual abusethat accused him of molesting a 4-year-old boy who attended a private school in Ramapo. The child told […]

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Surviving sexual abuse: Why sweeping it under the rug causes problems

The topic of child sexual abuse can be difficult to broach, but psychologists advise parents to continue addressing the issue after-the-fact. If the abuse is ignored or swept under the rug, psychologists warn it could damage the child victim’s development. Trauma sparks a certain physiological response in victims. Adrenaline, increased heart rate, and other symptoms […]

Judge finds New Square rabbi not guilty in sex abuse case

A Rockland judge on Thursday found New Square rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld not guilty of allegations hesexually abused a boy over a five-year period. Taubenfeld, 55, also known as Mendel Zarkowsky, was charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony. As he left the courtroom, his supporters started singing and dancing until court officers […]

How can I prevent my abuser from hurting another child?

Republished from StopItNow.Org Question: Dear Stop It Now!, Hello, I’m looking for resources or advice. I was molested as a child by a man who is now being left alone to care for at least one other young child. I have told the girl’s mother, grandmother, and uncle (who are the molester’s children and ex-wife), […]

8 tips for helping your traumatized child rebuild trust

By Dr. Sue Cornbluth When a child experiences or witnesses any form of emotional or physical abuse, their trust can become shattered. Trauma survivors may have trouble trusting their close family relationships or friendships. The symptoms of trauma can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving. These problems may affect the way the […]

I was abused by my third grade teacher

Growing up Chabad, I went to an all-boys school in Los Angeles. I was always very reserved and emotionally closed compared to my siblings and friends. People would always ask me why? What’s wrong? Are you okay? Well, here is what I was holding in all these years. When I was in third grade, my […]

I was abused by my third grade teacher

Growing up Chabad, I went to an all-boys school in Los Angeles. I was always very reserved and emotionally closed compared to my siblings and friends. People would always ask me why? What’s wrong? Are you okay? Well, here is what I was holding in all these years. When I was in third grade, my […]

Rabbi pleads to endangering welfare of a child, ends sex abuse case

Plea agreement met family’s wish that the boy not have to testify publicly against Rabbi Gabriel Bodenheimer. A Monsey rabbi accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old boy pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors said the agreement met the family’s request to spare their son from having […]