My father sexually abused me – but he betrayed my mother too

Republished from the Guardian A father – now in prison – abused his daughter for two years. The mother and her daughter each describe how his actions have affected them   The daughter’s story Every fortnight, my brother and I went to our dad’s place (my mum and dad split up several years ago, so it […]

It’s OK to Freeze: Healing From Sexual Assault

By Amy Oestreicher, republished from the Huffington Post When I speak at colleges about my own story of sexual abuse, I never forget how difficult it was for me to even speak the words, “I was sexually abused.” It took me an even longer time to believe it, or to understand it could happen to me. And […]

Israelis unaware of risk factors, prevalence of child sexual abuse

The Jerusalem Post reports. A vast majority of parents are unaware of the extent of the threat of sexual violence against their children, according to a study released Monday by the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel. Presented at a discussion of the Knesset Special Committee for the Rights of the Child, the study […]

Miami Beach rabbi accused of molestation accepts plea deal

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A rabbi accused of molesting a girl on Miami Beach has accepted a plea deal. The State looked at the case thoroughly, but said there was not enough evidence to take it to trial and convict Rabbi Steve Karro for lewd and lascivious molestation. Karro will now face a charge […]

To break free

All that is left of me, Is an empty body, A shell of what used to be. Empty feelings, A canvas to pain, A portrait I can not display. Thoughts have no recognition. Mind and voice a foreigner in my body. Shattering silence sits invading my heart. By my friends side tears I cry. Her […]

Rabbinical student free after judge dismisses sex assault case

MONTICELLO — A rabbinical student is a free man after a judge on Wednesday dismissed the case in which he was charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in 2011. Sullivan County Court Judge Frank LaBuda dismissed the case against Haim Boukris because Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Eamonn Neary was not able to provide enough evidence […]

What if…?

Would anything be different? Would you still need to be saved? Do you think he would have heard you? What would you have gained? What if you had screamed? What if you had cried? What if you had kicked your feet and not kept it all inside? What if you had fought him? What if […]

What Sex Abuse Cases at Horace Mann and Y.U. Should Teach Us

By Amos Kami, republished from the Forward As a former student at Horace Mann School in the Bronx’s Riverdale neighborhood, I was instrumental in breaking the silence around the prestigious prep school’s decades-long history of child sexual abuse. Although I myself am not an abuse survivor, I saw many of my fellow alumni’s stories come […]

Beitar Ilit Resident Charged with Assaulting Children

By: Zvika Gronich Translated from Kikar Shabbat   An Ultra-Orthodox resident of the city of Beitar Illit is accused of molesting a number of children from his hometown after he distributed them toffees and took them into a hiding place. Prosecution approached the court on Thursday with the indictment by attorney Aviad Dweck in Tel […]

Van Driver Suspected of Molesting Children

Efrat Forsher Translated from Yisrael Hayom Samaria District Police arrested a 55-year-old shuttle driver and resident of the Kalansua Triangle who is suspected of molesting girls in a settlement in Samaria. The investigation began several weeks ago, following a complaint filed by the mother of an 11 year-old girl, who claimed that her daughter had […]

What is Age-Appropriate?

Published in StopItNow It can be hard to acknowledge that all of us, even children, are sexual beings, have sexual feelings and are curious about sex and sexuality. Children’s curiosity can lead to exploring their own and each other’s body parts by looking and touching. They may peek when family members are in the bathroom […]

Orthodox Jews From Around the World Gather to Tackle Domestic and Sex Abuse

Haaretz Reports More than 1,000 ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews from around the world gathered in Jerusalem this week to tackle some of their communities’ darkest taboos: sexual abuse and domestic violence. The three-day event they are attending, which began Monday, is the second annual conference on the subject spearheaded by the Israeli nonprofit Tahel, the […]

Safed’s Chief Rabbi: The Coverups are a Chilul Hashem

Conference in Response to the Scheinberg Affair- Rabbanim Demand Resolution of a Code of Ethics The conference, the first of its kind, was held last night (Sunday) with the participation of various factions of the National Religious and Ultra-Orthodox community, in response to the Ezra Scheinberg affair. The conference aimed to prevent future cases and […]

BBC: Child sexual abuse: How big is the ‘iceberg’?

BBC Reports: The sexual abuse of a child has to be one of the most distressing issues any society has to confront. That is particularly true when the abuse is happening within the family – the place where a child should be safe. We’ve known for a long time that only a relatively small number […]

Bnei Brak resident arrested for sodomizing 11 year old boy

Translated from Israel’s channel 10. This morning (Monday), the Tel Aviv district attorney’s office filed charges in the district court against Menachem Yehoshua Ehrlich, aged 24, from Bnei Brak. According to the indictment, Ehrlich is a musician whose instruments warehouse facility is in Bnei Brak. It was there that he met and developed a relationship […]

Rabbi Guilty of Sexually Assaulting 15-Year-Old Boy, Judge Rules

DNAInfo reports: COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A West Rogers Park rabbi on Monday was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2006. According to court testimony, Rabbi Aryeh “Larry” Dudovitz, 48, was a mentor to the teenage victim. In October 2006, Dudovitz went home with the boy and his family after celebrating the […]

“The day I was told my husband was abusing my daughter.”

Published in mamamia.com.au   One month ago my life changed. One month and one day ago I was happily married to my second husband who was a wonderful stepfather to my teenage daughter, and I was (I hope) a great stepmum to his teenage son. We’d been together for nearly a decade and had just […]

Philanthropist Ben Nash Donates $1 million to Jewish Community Watch

Funds to be used for expansion of JCW’s services as offices set to open on four continents Jewish Community Watch (JCW), an organization dedicated to combating child sexual abuse in the orthodox Jewish community, has announced that Ben Nash, co-founder and CEO of PCS Wireless, has pledged $1 million to the organization. The funds will […]