Published on May 17, 2016
Three hundred people from the Jewish community in Pittsburgh gathered in Squirrel Hill’s Jewish Community Center in February 2016 in order to work together to battle child sexual abuse.
The event was run by Jewish Community Watch (JCW), an organization dedicated to combating child sexual abuse in the Orthodox community under the tagline “Prevent, Educate, Heal.” Attendees heard from many speakers including survivors, advocates, and law enforcement officials, learning about the prevalence of the issue and the importance of talking about it.
Rivka Joseph, a young mother from Cleveland and active member of JCW, addressed the crowd, disclosing the abuse that she suffered as a child at the hands of her own brother. She informed the crowd about how common incest is and just how painful it is for the victim. “A survivor of incest is sentenced to a lifetime of secrecy,” she said. “And the reward for telling the truth can be losing your family.”
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