Tuesday, May 23, 2006

There's abuse in Jewish Communities!

I'm on the mailing list for The Awareness Center, have been reading the Jewish Survivors and Unorthodox Jew blogs regularly. I'm getting so overwhelmed reading what I read. I keep telling myself to stop, but I don't. I know how important what I have been reading is. I know the world is changing right before my eyes. There are so many cases of sexual abuse in the Jewish community. I know it's no different then any other community, but this is about my people. I know that most of the things I'm reading about are coming from religious communities. I am not from that kind of community. The problem is that we are all Jews.

I read about Rabbi Marc Gafni. I was in shock. I've met him a few times. Each time I met him my gut was telling me to run away, to stay as far away from him as I could. He really creeped me out. It wasn't anything he did or said It was more on instinct. It was the way he looked at me. I felt like I was naked in front of him. I saw the way he interacted with other women. At the time I thought I was just having a flashback or something. Now I know my gut was right.

I read all the stuff on blogs and cry. I don't know if it's tears of sadness or joy. I say sadness because I know the pain each of the survivors have been going through. I say joy because all this shit is coming out in the open. No more secrets!

18 Comments:

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous david said...

Wow. This is brave and difficult stuff.

I hope all that you're doing will help you to heal.

 
At 11:36 PM, Blogger frumguy said...

on Shavuos we read about Ruth. On Purim we think of Esther. The ladies in the frum community have taken the leadership because we, the men, have failed to do so. We often critized the world for their silence during the holocast. Yet so many of us are willing to be silent now... we need to find our voice. ... frumguy...

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger not a survivor said...

You know,
some people just dont understand. I was reading you blog and i saw your conversation with a rabbi. he was one of those people who dont understand. there are some rabbis that just dont know. they dont think that abuse is a reality. i spoke to a rabbi that does understand. and helped me. just becuase you met up with a rabbi that was a little ****** up....dont give up ok?
im cheering for you.

 
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