I feel you touching me every day

Dear abuser, It’s been years since you touched me last. It’s been years since that fateful Friday night when you took the abuse to the next level and violated my privacy and breached every boundary that normal human beings have. Its been years since you physically touched me however, don’t even attempt to think that […]

Mendy Israel pleads guilty to sexual abuse

In March 2016, Mendy Israel was arrested and charged with four counts of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Over the last years, JCW staff members have watched the brave survivor and her family walk through fire in pursuit of justice. From the day of the first police report, […]

Beit Din annulled aguna’s marriage because witness is a pedophile

Arutz 7 reported that last Thursday, a private Beit Din in Jerusalem annulled the marriage of Oshrat Ben-Haim to her then-husband, Sharon ben-Haim, who had refused to grant her a divorce for nine years. After legal attempts to pressure the husband into giving her a divorce failed, Oshrat Ben-Haim sought to annul her marriage on […]

A Survivor’s Tisha B’Av Prayer

Dear Hashem, It’s that time of the year again. Today is Tisha B’av. The day that we are all supposed to be sad. We all desperately try to feel the churban. We try to be sad despite the fact that Tisha B’av comes out in middle of the summer. In middle of camp and fun. […]

Israel Alert: Rapist Due To Be Released From Prision

בשנת 2005 נחמן יצחק בורנשטיין הורשע על פי הודאתו, בעבירות של התעללות מינית ומעשי סדום ב-4 קטינים שהיו תחת חסותו בחיידר בו הוא שימש כמחנך. הוא נפשט על ידי בית המשפט בירושלים ל-15 שנות מאסר בפועל.  בקרוב, יסיים בורנשטין את תקופת ריצוי עונשו בבית הסוהר. אם ברשותכם תמונה או כל מידע אחר על בורנשטיין, אנא […]

[Video] A Survivor Tells Her story

“Excited and nervous to share this video with you. It’s a story. My story. I’ve decided to share it in order to raise awareness to the less-spoken-about type of CSA. If this triggers you or makes you feel uncomfortable, please do not watch it. Remember to take care of yourself, and look out for those […]

Substantial evidence supports allegations against Rabbi Ephraim Bryks

After a thorough investigation, JCW has determined that there are credible allegations of sexually abusive behavior committed by Rabbi Ephraim Bryks against male and female children and young women. Allegations of sexual abuse by Bryks first began to surface in the 1980’s; subsequently, Bryks was accused and the allegations exposed via multiple outlets, including a […]

Police: Girls’ School in Tzfat not cooperating on sexual assault claims

Ynet reports: Israel police claim that the Kanfei HaYonah Girls’ School in Tzfat is not cooperating with the investigation into their school principal, accused of sexual assault on students. The 39-year-old principal from Tzfat is suspected of sexual assault on girls who were students at her school, and reportedly also used the girls to do […]

Shiva Asar B’Tamauz for a survivor

Dear Hashem, It just doesn’t feel right. I’m sitting here Shiva Asar B’Tamauz morning. I’m at a job site at 7:30 in the morning waiting for workers to come while everyone else is in shul davening and saying selichos. They are all davening, I’m not. They are all fasting today, I’m not. It just feels […]

Here’s what many abuse victims live with on a daily basis

Dear friends, It’s been a long day for me and I’m laying in my bed and feeling a beautiful feeling. It comes only once in a great while and usually doesn’t last that long. It’s a feeling of true inner peace. It’s the most beautiful and serene feeling. There’s simply no inner turmoil. There’s no […]

That Day

That day he stripped away my self-worth, layer by layer, until I was no more. That day a life-long secret was born hiding in the shadows of forced smiles and “I’m fines” That day my innocent childhood came to an abrupt halt. Forcing me to jump into unknown waters. That day shall never be forgotten, […]

A morning prayer from a survivor

Dear Hashem, Good morning. It’s me, your struggling and confused son. If it’s morning outside, that would mean that I need to get up and go out to work. It would mean that it’s the beginning of a new day. I don’t want to get up. I don’t want to face the world. I don’t […]

Dear Abusers

Dear abusers, I’m a victim of a long and painful molestation story and I want to reach out to you to share some of my pain and give you some insight as to the amount of damage you will inflict on your prey. Today is the anniversary of my abuse. Yesterday was the anniversary, and […]

A Rosh Chodesh Prayer

Dear Hashem, It’s Rosh Chodesh morning and I’m sitting at home davening shachris. I’m davening at home because I don’t have the strength to go to shul and face all my triggers there. I also don’t have the strength to face everyone and pretend to be happy. I’m not happy and I don’t have the […]

An In-depth Look at Sex Offender Registries

JCW frequently receives questions about Sex Offender Registries in the United States. Specifically, people wonder how someone could be removed from the registry, or why they are still on the Wall of Shame after being removed from the registry. This summary outlines some of the laws and background behind registries, and the parameters as they […]

NYC & Israel Alert! Yitzi Rosman charged with child sexual abuse

On April 4th, Yitzi/Yitzchak Rosman (aka Eugene) was arrested and subsequently indicted on multiple charges of child sexual abuse of a minor. SVU detectives are urging anyone who has information or who has been hurt by this man to call Detective Lavin of the Special Victims Unit at 718-330-5676 or 929-354-5790. If you are in […]

Rabbi Yair Hoffman Responds To An Open Letter from a Survivor

Dear Survivor, I read the open letter you published on the Jewish Community Watch website. Firstly, an apology to you is in order – to you and to your fellow survivors of abuse.  Until now, we have been derelict in our responsibility to ensure the safety of our most precious possession – our youth, the […]

An abuse survivor’s vision of Moshiach’s arrival

The day is coming. There’s no denial about it. I don’t know when it will come but I hope it will come soon. It’s the day when all the truth will be revealed. It’s the day when all pain will end. It will be on that beautiful day that our loving Father will take us […]

New Addition to the WOS: Steven Joseph Schacter of Toronto

Last week, Steven Joseph Schacter of Toronto, Canada was found guilty of possessing child pornography. Schacter previously taught in two different Jewish schools in Toronto, and was arrested in December 2015 after he was witnessed viewing images of child porn at a public computer. Years prior to the arrest for child pornography, Schacter had been […]

Dutch Chief Rabbi Steps Down From School Board

Earlier today, Rabbi Binyamin Jacobs resigned his position as the Vice-President of the Board of the Amsterdam Cheider school. This news comes after months of high-profile reports that Rabbi Jacobs had covered up at least three cases of child sexual abuse, and days after the Minister of Education in the Netherlands ordered an investigation into […]

Dutch Minister orders investigation into Amsterdam Cheider

The Minister of Education for the Netherlands, Arie Slob, has ordered an investigation into how the Cheider of Amsterdam handled the 2012 case of sexual abuse by Ephraim Schrijver, a former teacher in the school, who was convicted last week and sentenced to two years imprisonment. An investigation by the NRC newspaper, which included interviews […]

A survivor’s letter to “non-traumatized people”

Dear friends and neighbors, I’d like to share something that I experienced today in my therapy session. I was doing EMDR methods used to heal from past trauma. It’s a very powerful treatment modality in which you reprocess old trauma in a safe and healthy way.  It brings up lots of memories and emotions and […]

Dear Rabbonim… An Open Letter from a Survivor

Dear Rabbonim, I need your help. I need your help to reinstate my respect in you and In the Torah that you represent. I’ve lost it all and it hurts me tremendously that I have, however, the way things are going, I find it impossible to have any sense of respect for you and the […]