Jewish Community Watch will host Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Event at Congregation Shaarei Tefila on March 22, 2015
Over the past six months, JCW has organized events in 4 cities drawing large crowd of parents, educators and abuse survivors to raise awareness for child sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community and learn what Jewish Community Watch (JCW) is doing to combat it. In Miami, Brooklyn, Cleveland and Aventura standing room only crowds have heard from rabbis, survivors and therapists.
JCW will be holding an event in Los Angeles to further its goal of educating parents, preventing child sexual abuse (CSA), assisting survivors and breaking the silence and shame that surrounds CSA in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Speakers at the event will include Rabbinical Judge Rabbi Elchonon Tauber, Founder of JCW, Meyer Seewald, Abuse Survivors Eli Nash, JCW Board Member, Professor and Deputy District Attorney, Benny Forer, Fox News Reporter Rosh Lowe and a female survivor who will break her silence on her abuse. This event will take place Sunday March 22nd 7pm at Congregation Shaarei Tefila located at 7269 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036
Founder and CEO of JCW Meyer Seewald said: “The mission of JCW is simply to prevent, educate, and heal. We prevent further abuse by notifying the public to the threat of abusers in their vicinity, we educate the public about what to look out for, and we help survivors of abuse heal by reminding them that they are not alone and by supporting them through their battles.”
Seewald further stated “This is our fifth event in the past 6 months and the results we have seen have been nothing short of amazing. On a community level, we have seen hundreds of Orthodox Jews gather for the first time to talk openly about abuse and stand with survivors. On an individual level, dozens of survivors have come forward after these events to talk about their abuse and to tell us how much these evenings have meant to them”
The day after a previous event, JCW received the following message from an attendee: “Last night’s event was probably the most important event I’ve ever been to. The honesty, rawness, humanity and bravery that was shown by every single speaker and survivor affected me so deeply I really can’t describe it. Eli, Meyer, and Baruch–who were so courageous in sharing their stories just saved countless lives. I have never been prouder to be Jewish than I was last night, when we all stood together and sent a message to the abusers and cowardly murderers that they will never again be free to lay a hand on anyone with the help of JCW.”
Sunday March 22nd 7pm at Congregation Shaarei Tefila 7269 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036
For more information about Jewish Community Watch, visit http://www.jewishcommunitywatch.org/