Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. I am an Orthodox Jew and I was sexually abused as a child. Everyone tells me I should forget about it and move on. I can’t, but I am afraid to say anything because I feel I will be ostracized by my family and community. What should I do?
There is a real problem with the cover up of childhood sexual abuse within certain seeded communities, principally in Brooklyn and elsewhere in New York and throughout the United States. There is no question that the rabbis within in these communities will put tremendous precious on families not to report abuse.
It is vital for the benefit of the child who has been sexually abused to get professional help, to get professional intervention. To go to law enforcement and have law enforcement conduct an appropriate and lawful investigation. You cannot allow yourself to be intimidated, there are support groups that are available to help, and there are groups such as survivors for justice, Jay Safe. These organizations can help and provide support.
Get help, it is critical, it is vital for the well-being of the child.
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