If you only knew how I’m hanging by a thread

I wrote the following poem while here for weeks in a PTSD Hospital (together) with (other) girls who have anorexia… I’m struggling between life and death and tried expressing myself to JCW as a voice of a sexual abuse surviver. -anonymous Oh G-d where are you Did you forget me here? I’ve cried aloud to […]

How I Stopped a Man Who Was Grooming

Republished from Parenting Safe Children By Melina Stock, Chicago Mom Years before I had my own son, I was working as a nanny for a family who had three young daughters. During that time, it was discovered that a classmate of their eldest daughter, Bea, (name changed to protect her anonymity) was being sexually abused […]

Coping with Flashbacks

By Matthew Tull, PhD Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Expert Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. See About.com’s Medical Review Board. Many people with PTSD struggle in coping with flashbacks. Flashbacks are considered one of the re-experiencing symptoms of PTSD. In a flashback, a person may feel or act as though a traumatic event is […]

New York Times OP-ED: Surviving Child Sexual Abuse

By Charles M. Blow Last month came the news that Josh Duggar, now-former executive director of the Family Research Council’s lobbying arm and eldest son on the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” had apologized and said he had “acted inexcusably.” As In Touch Weekly magazine put it: “Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex […]

To Rabonim and Askonim from a victim of Todros Grynhaus

This letter was distributed by www.migdalemunah.com An open letter to Rabonim and Askonim In the aftermath of what has been a very difficult time for chareidi leadership in the UK, I ask you to allow me to reflect on my experience as a victim of Mr Grynhaus, and to hear what I have to say. […]

Rabbi Karp pretrial motions set for July 13

From the Cleveland Jewish News A criminal trial has been set for 9:15 a.m. Aug. 3 in Baltimore County Circuit Court for Rabbi Ephraim (Frederick) Karp, director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood. The Circuit Court of Maryland’s website also indicates that criminal motions ¬¬¬– pretrial motions involving the […]

NY Post: Tea Party operative busted for child porn

An ultra-conservative one-time Brooklyn city council candidate — whose campaign slogan was “Our children are our future” — has been nabbed for possessing and sharing kiddie porn, prosecutors said Friday. Joseph Hayon, 37, was arrested Thursday and admitted to police that he traded the sick pics of kids between the ages of 2 and 12 in December 2014 […]

Miami Beach rabbi arrested on molestation charges

From Local 10 Miami MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A substitute rabbi at a Miami Beach synagogue is facing charges after allegedly inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl last month. Steve Karro, 55, was arrested Thursday on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and lewd and lascivious conduct on a child. According to an […]

Chief Rabbi urges community to report sex abuse allegations to police

The Jewish Chronicle reports:  Chief Ephraim Mirvis has stated that any allegation of child sexual abuse must be reported to the police “without delay”, following last week’s conviction of a Charedi teacher for sexual assault. All rabbis under the authority of the chief rabbi are to be asked to attend a mandatory seminar being organised […]

Her heart still beats inside my chest, but she did not survive.

This is not an inspiring or uplifting post, but it is the truth and it demands to be spoken. If people are to truly understand the ramifications of child sexual abuse, they are going to have to hear from those who came back from it… and those who never did. They call me strong. They […]

Sex abuser conviction is a ‘game-changer’ for victims

The Jewish Chronicle reports: The conviction of paedophile Todros Grynhaus will encourage more victims to report abuse to police, according to a senior figure in the strictly Orthodox community. Grynhaus is facing a “substantial” jail sentence after being found guilty of seven charges of sex abuse against two teenage girls this week. The 50-year-old teacher-turned-businessman […]

Incest: The Ultimate Coverup – Follow-Up

I did it. I wrote about my brother sexually abusing me and my parents’ lack of support. Writing about this was not something I had ever planned to do, but it needed to be done. No one likes to talk about incest, yet it is the most common of all kinds of abuse. No one […]

10 Reasons Parents Don’t Discuss Child Sexual Abuse

by Jill Starishevsky As a prosecutor of child abuse and sex crimes in New York City for the past sixteen years and a prevention specialist, I have heard all the reasons why parents don’t discuss child sexual abuse prevention with their children. I have heard them so often that I can recite them by heart. […]

Todros Grynhaus found guilty of sexual assault

Jewish Chronicle:  A Jewish teacher turned businessman is facing a ”substantial” jail sentence after being found guilty of seven sex abuse charges on Tuesday. Todros Grynhaus, 50, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault against the girls when they were aged around 14 and 15. Grynhaus, a prominent […]

Incest: The Ultimate Coverup

I have been silent for far too long. I want the world to know about the abuse I suffered at the hands of my brother. What he did to me for years and who he really is. But I can’t. I am sworn to secrecy, I am shamed into silence. If I speak up, I […]

Why We Don’t Keep Secrets In Our House

By Melissa Meuzelaar, republished from Denver Moms Blog About a month ago, our family was having dinner with some friends at their house. I walked into the kitchen just as the other mom, while winking at me, handed my son a second cookie and whispered, “shhhh. It’s a secret. Don’t tell your mom.” To my […]

[Poem] It seems one step forward Is seven steps back

She places one foot In front of the other Determined to climb The mountain before her She grabs at the stone She swears she won’t stop Until she’s gripped, clawed and battled Her way to the top Her body is bruised Her fingernails black And it seems one step forward Is seven steps back The […]

In just 30 seconds my brother changed my life forever

It happened “just” twice. But, twice is more than enough to change your life forever. Sexual abuse is often thought of as a long grooming process followed by frequent and ongoing instances of abuse that become more severe over time. However, that is not always the case. Even one incident destroys the victim’s ability to […]