To the man who stole my innocence 18 years ago

I’m constantly checking out my surroundings whenever I walk alone. I fear when a man gets near me, he will grab me aside and abuse me the way you did. This thought never leaves me. In the elevator, parking lot, playground or even when the delivery man comes to my door.

Why Child Molestation cases are so hard to prosecute

Child molestation cases are perhaps the most difficult to prosecute and prove conclusively, and many accused abusers never make it to court simply because there is not sufficient evidence to do so. Of course, this doesn’t always mean they aren’t guilty, just that their crime cannot possibly be proven in a court of law.

INSTRUCTOR SENT TO PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ASSALUTING STUDENTS

This story originally appeared in NRG, it has been translated from Hebrew. 02/02/2015 Last week (Wednesday), Magistrates Court in Beersheba sentenced a Yeshiva high school teacher to 18 months in jail, 12 months probation, and a fine of 50 thousand shekels to be paid to each of the boys he abused. He had been convicted […]

WHERE COULD I TURN WHEN WHEN THREE OF MY KIDS WERE ABUSED

A few years ago, sadly, I found out that my daughter had been abused. I didn’t know any details, but with all the pain in my heart, I believed her and on that day our lives changed forever. We moved to a new state, a new place with a new hope and we knocked on a lot of doors trying to reach people and […]

CHASIDIC ABUSE WHISTLEBLOWER SUING DERSHOWITZ BROTHERS

By Hella Winston Republished from the Jewish Week Four years after his life was turned upside down by charges he committed extortion and bribery, chasidic sex abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner is fighting back against those he thinks wronged him in the press. Late last year he sued The Jewish Daily Forward for defamation. And last […]

HOW A FACEBOOK POST CHANGED MY LIFE

Today is one week. One week ago, I saw a flyer on facebook. It was an advertisement for the JCW event to take place in LA in a few weeks. I contacted a staff member simply to volunteer. The event, I thought at the time, was to address childhood sexual abuse in Jewish communal settings […]

BOROUGH PARK MAN ACCUSED OF ENDANGERMENT

Republished from Brooklyn News 12 BROOKLYN – A Borough Park man is accused of luring young men with inappropriate intentions. According to police sources, 28-year-old Moses Braunstein was approaching teenage boys in the community and telling them he could help enlarge their private parts. Sources say Braunstein was setting up appointments for the men he […]

ACTIVIST GUILTY OF KIDDIE PORN

(Republished from the New York Daily News) A Time magazine poster boy for immigration reform was convicted Wednesday of child pornography charges and faces deportation after serving a lengthy term in prison. Roy Naim, 30, was featured in a June 2012 cover story under the headline “We are Americans,” and the Israeli national portrayed himself […]

WILL THIS BE A TURNING POINT?

Reposted from Emes Ve-Emunah:  Is there a rabbinic role in reporting sex abuse? The answer clearly is yes. Their role is to tell those reporting it to them to go directly to the police and stop wasting time. It is not Mesirah (informing on a fellow Jew to an anti-Semitic government). It is not Lashon Hara […]

WHY ISRAEL NEEDS A SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

In 1989, a young boy named Jacob Wetterling went missing in St. Joseph, MN in the United States. A  massive search was conducted and numerous leads were generated and logged. These leads became the foundation of a massive database that brought about the development of a sex offender list in Minnesota. Ever since then, every state […]

SPECIAL TRAINING FOR SYDNEY RABBIS

Republished from The Australian Jewish News SHUL presidents and rabbis came together on Tuesday night to improve the protection of children at synagogues across Sydney. More than 20 representatives from Orthodox synagogues attended the meeting at Jewish House and pledged to offer better training to rabbis and communal leaders, and to implement an accreditation process […]

ORTHODOX GROUPS OFFER MIXED RESPONSES TO ABUSE SCANDALS

Republished from the Jpost In the wake of the revelations that community leaders in Australia suppressed information relating to child molestation, rabbis around the world have begun issuing calls for their constituents to report suspicions directly to civil authorities without prior rabbinic consultation. Despite this, however, views on reporting among the ultra-Orthodox are mixed, with […]