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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

ABUSE: WHERE DO WE GO NEXT?!

There are a variety of rationalizations victims of violence and abuse use to avoid reporting what happened to them. Many of their reasons are highly personal others are purely self-protective and some are very pragmatic. Their motives for secrecy range from a sense of very real embarrassment to a misplaced desire to protect others all […]

PEDOPHILIA REALLY IS INCURABLE

This article was written in 2002 by Amitai Etzioni, a professor at The George Washington University and published in the Chicago Tribune. It is addressed to the Catholic Church but many of its conclusions apply, l’havdil, to the Jewish Community Much of what the Catholic Church had not done about pedophilia among its ranks, implicitly […]

EVIL MANIPULATIVE PEOPLE AND EMOTIONAL DAMAGE

Republished from emergingfrombroken.com Some days are very difficult for me. I am always filled with sympathy and understanding for the victims and survivors of child abuse but on some days the whole subject just makes me see red. It makes me angry that so many children have suffered at the hands of manipulative, controlling and […]

UNDERSTANDING THE STRUGGLES OF THE FAMILIES OF OFFENDERS

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY Hi to all. No disrespect aimed at the victims of crime whatsoever but I think that families of those who have committed crime get a rough deal all round too. My partner committed a serious offence last year when I was ready to give birth to our daughter. He […]

FORMER CHILD MOLESTER IS GLAD HE WAS CAUGHT

I am not a victim of this hideous crime. Much to my sorrow and that of my family, I am the offender. Ten years ago, I molested my sister. Betsy (not her real name) was only 11 at the time. I was 22. Betsy was too afraid to turn me in to the authorities, so […]

ROYAL COMMISSION: OUR DARKEST WEEK

The Australian Jewish community has just witnessed one of its darkest weeks. I have covered child abuse in the Jewish community for several years but even I didn’t understand the extent of the cover-ups, the lies, the ignorance and ridiculous actions of Rabbis in our community. It’s time for us, as a community, to wake […]

FACING THE REALITY OF SIBLING SEXUAL ABUSE

Originally appeared at Everyday Feminism By Dr. Robin Landwehr When Lena Dunham was accused of sexually abusing her younger sister when they were both children based on certain behaviors she described in her new book, a huge controversy erupted. Suddenly, sibling sexual abuse (SSA) became a topic of conversation, and people all over social media and television […]

SUICIDE

(This article was reposted from a Times of Israel article posted by Dr. Michael J. Salomon) I was speaking to a hospital colleague the other day. He told me that over the last few days two patients were admitted to his service following suicide attempts. Despite some similarities between them the two patients did not […]

BILL COSBY AND BELIEVABILITY

By Dr. Michael J. Salamon Republished from the Jewish Press   As the number of accusers coming forward against Bill Cosby continues to grow, some of us seem shocked that someone so revered – a man in the public eye for more than 50 years – could allegedly have been a vicious predator and gotten […]

THE ROLE OF RABBIS IN COMBATING ABUSE IN THE ORTHODOX COMMUNITY

The JPost Reports:  The acknowledgment of the fact that abuse takes place within the Orthodox Jewish community, and that some of the abusers are rabbis or educators, has been slow. The community believes that a life of religious observance guarantees that adherents are incapable of behaving so badly. Even when the scandal in the Catholic […]