Message from a fellow victim/ survivor of sexual abuse

United Support Network

By: David Cheifitz

Mi Li? Who Is For Me?

Two and a half years ago I went public as a victim of childhood sex abuse in the pages of the New York Jewish Week. Much has changed since then, and yet so little has changed.

We are living in an era of increasing awareness of the plight of sexual abuse in the Jewish community. In fact, the issue that drove me to go public was not my own story. I acquired my lifelong scars over 30 years ago in Camp Dora Golding, an Orthodox boys sleepaway camp. But while I was dealing with the PTSD that inexplicably set in three or so years ago, the Jewish community was being rocked by multiple scandals: The Weberman case in Satmar. The Kolko case in Lakewood. And the class action lawsuit against Yeshiva University over allegations stemming back to the 1970s. These scandals…

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