‘Today I went back to the site of my abuse’

To my Abuser I’ve reached a new and very special milestone today. I got to a place in which I thought I’ll never get to. It was so meaningful and so emotional at the same time. It was a moment of immense pain, yet at the same time I was overwhelmed with gratitude to God […]

‘I just saw my abuser at a Simcha’

I just saw you! You. You, who robbed my life. You, who stole my peace of mind. You, who hurt me and burned me. You, who extinguished the flame in my soul. You, who appeared in so many of my nightmares. You, who changed my life forever. You, who I am disgusted and sick from. You, who caused me indescribable pain. […]

NJ therapist Elliot Halberstam sentenced to 13 years for abusing client

In 2015, the FBI arrested and charged New Jersey- based therapist Elliot Halberstam with three counts of sexual enticement and exploitation of a minor and receipt of child pornography. The arrest was widely reported at the time. The charges alleged that Halberstam had groomed one of his clients, then a 16 year old boy, who he had been seeing […]

Sitting at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean

I’m Sitting at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean after an extremely painful therapy session. I once again went deeply into the most traumatic part of my life. The part in which I never wanted to face out of fear of falling apart. The part that I have nightmares about. The part which causes me […]

Job Opening: Victim Advocate in NYC

Position Title:            Victim Advocate Department/Division:        Investigative Services Reports to:            Chief Operating Officer Status:                Full-Time/Exempt Location:            New York, New York   Job Summary The Victim Advocate collects and gathers information from victims and other community members regarding alleged abusers in an effort to assist in building […]

Why did an abuser have so many supporters in court?

I just came home from the final court case of a victim of sexual abuse. The beautiful and brave victim got up to speak as well as some other family members. Following that, the abuser spoke as well as his lawyers. There were many people in the court room who came to support the abuser. […]

Williamsburg Man Sentenced for Abusing Child in Synagogue on Yom Kippur

In September 2017, Williamsburg resident Joseph Grunwald was arrested for molesting a 7-year-old girl in a synagogue on Yom Kippur, and charged with 3 misdemeanor counts of forcible touching of intimate parts, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and felony sexual contact with a child under 11. Following the indictment, Grunwald reoffended, molesting […]

9-year-old girl brutally attacked in stairwell

A 9-year-old girl was attacked by an anonymous man in the heart of Bnei Brak while pushing her baby sister home from school in her stroller. The man allegedly dragged the girl and the stroller with the baby inside into a nearby stairwell where he sexually assaulted her for several minutes. He only stopped his […]

My body was painfully used

“My body was painfully used For someone so vicious and bad Until it was scratched and bruised Changing the life I once had This body is no longer my own I tried, but failed to take it It hurts me when I’m alone Because someone evil raped it Now I’m left to survive With pain […]

I’m still suffering years later

To my abuser, When will I move on, when will I heal? When will your abuse stop feeling so real? When will it change? When will it stop? Will I ever climb this mountain will I ever reach the top? Why did you hurt me? Why didn’t you care? Why did you put me through […]

I was raped by my father and grandfather

The following article was submitted to JCW by a survivor of incest. JCW has been working to assist the survivor and her family. She asked that it be published anonymously. Growing up, I always felt something was off but I had no idea that I was being abused. It was just life as I knew […]

Understanding the New York Child Victims Act

New York passed a landmark law which extends the statute of limitations for child sex abuse, for both criminal and civil lawsuits. Attorneys Irwin Zalkin and Alex Zalkin outline the practical implications of this law for victims when pursuing sexual abuse lawsuits. They share some of the opportunities this law has created for victims who […]

JCW to responds to accusations that Health Minister helped Malka Leifer

The allegation that Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman used his position to help obtain a false psychiatric report in order to help Malka Leifer avoid extradition to Australia is shocking but unfortunately not at all surprising. JCW hired a private investigator to expose Malka Leifer’s claim that she was unfit to stand trial as nothing […]

Unlovable

I’m alone and I’m afraid. Everyone’s gone. I wished they’d stayed I’m confused. Can’t find my way. I slowly muddle through each day No one sees me. No one hears. No one knows about my fears I’m not pretty. I’m not smart. I’m not worthy. They have no heart I’m so small and I’m not […]

40-year-old man accused of abusing his son and other children

A 40-year-old haredi Gush Etzion resident was arrested following a report that his son exhibited signs of years of physical abuse. During the interrogation, the police uncovered that the man would handcuff the hands and feet of his son, and beat and choked him until he bled. Following his arrest, a number of additional complaints […]

Why Rabbonim triggered my PTSD

I was just at a wedding and needed to leave because I got horribly triggered. I’m in a very delicate state and therefore need to be extra careful with my triggers to not allow myself to stay in a triggering situation for too long. I would have liked to stay but needed to leave for […]

A letter to my 7-year-old self

A survivor of long-term incest and child sexual abuse writes a letter to her 7-year-old self.  I know you’re scared. Every day, all day, you are so afraid. Nothing in your life seems safe. You think that no one sees you, no one hears you. You think no one cares about you at all. You […]

A 19-year-old who attacked a girl on Jerusalem street arrested and released

A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a young man while walking down the street in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem. Following her complaint, the police immediately opened an investigation and a 19-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of assaulting multiple minors and other women. The suspect was brought before Judge Oren Silverman in Jerusalem […]

You abused our children and destroyed our family

I’m going to say what I’ve wanted to say for so long: I’ve wanted to say that he tore apart a beautiful healthy family. I’ve wanted to say that he is an abuser. I’ve wanted to say that being part of this community helped him and hurt his children. I’ve wanted to say that anyone […]