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 […]

Former Amsterdam Cheider Teacher Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse

Ephraim Schrijver, (30) was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, half of which was conditional for six months, for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student of the Buitenveldert Cheder, the Orthodox Jewish school in Amsterdam. Schrijver, who was a teacher at that time at that school, had been in pre-trial detention for 18 months and so he […]

A Shavuous Message from our Director

This past Wednesday afternoon, a little girl went to her neighbour’s house to pick something up for her parents. A young man is known in the community as a troublemaker stopped her at the entrance of her building, convinced her to follow him downstairs, and performed unspeakable acts on her. Thank God she told her […]

Yeshiva dorm counselor indicted for sexually abusing student

Several months after he was arrested and investigated, a dorm counselor from a residential Litvish Yeshiva High School in the Judean foothills was charged with serious sexual assaults against a 14-year-old boy who was in his charge at the school. Over the course of 2013, the 14-year-old boy (who is 19 now) studied as a boarder in […]

Statement regarding NIK and NIG’s investigation of Rabbi Mendel Levine

We are shocked and dismayed to see the conclusions reached by the investigative committee commissioned by the NIK and NIG into Mendel Levine. The investigation examined allegations of historic child molestation allegedly perpetrated by Levine, that have been public since 2011. The discounting of both victim’s words, as well as other critical information presented, amounts to […]

Tzfat Pediatrician arrested for Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Translated from Yisrael Hayom.  By Nicky Guttman, A pediatrician living in Northern Israel was arrested after he allegedly arranged to meet a 14-year-old boy for a sexual encounter. His arrest was brought about by Avi Dubitzky, the “pedophile hunter”, who told Yisrael Hayom about the incident. Dubitzky imitated a 14-year-old boy and arranged with the […]

Just a Touch

It was just a touch. Just a simple touch. All he did was allow his hand to rest on my chest. It should not have hurt, but it did. The heat from his hand burned my skin. I think that even now, all of these years later, a mark remains. I have been branded. Scarred […]

(VIDEO) Monthly Expert: Dennis Brown MA, NCACII, RAS, CSAT

What should I do if I am sexually attracted to children? What should a parent or teacher do if their son or student acknowledges having a sexual interest in children? Why do child sexual abusers abuse? Can our community prevent abuse by offering treatment to those at risk of abusing? Dennis Brown MA, NCACII, RAS, CSAT, […]

This Pesach, Let Your Secret Go!

The exodus from Egypt is not just an event that took place 3,330 years ago; instead, it is something we each experience in various ways in our everyday lives. For the thousands of people who were sexually abused as children, the journey from victim to survivor can be a personal exodus from Egypt. Just like […]

Let It Go – A Poem by a Survivor

I need to let go of my abuser. I need to leave his apartment. I need to leave even though I got loving attention, and yummy chocolate cookies. it’s hard to let it go because his touch felt nice, fun and pleasurable. It’s hard to let It all go because it’s all attached very tight […]