When we entrust the education and care of our children to members of the community, group leaders, teachers, neighbours, private tutors or babysitters, we assume that they are trustworthy because they are qualified or are ‘nice neighbours’.
Children are by nature more trusting and have not yet developed the maturity and worldliness to foster the necessary suspicion to keep them safe. The responsibility is naturally placed upon the parents.
Abuse is a taboo topic. This isn’t generally a subject mentioned at any stage whether it’s in school, dating and later on, marriage and children. This causes the additional pressure on any victim against coming forward for fear of being a ‘moiser/informer’ and the potential of ruining their own shidduch/dating prospects.
Abuse can and does happen within the Jewish community and unfortunately there is not yet a system in place that assists in dealing with it. Abuse, like disease and mental illness, has the ability to occur in any home.
There are no typical victims of child abuse; any child can be victimised, however, many preventative measures are put in place.
It behoves each parent and guardian to educate themselves in preventative measures, as well as a procedure for the after effects in accordance with English law.
Until we educate ourselves the unfortunate cycle of abuse will continue.
Migdal Emunah launched in February 2013, providing a support service for Jewish victims of sexual abuse and their families.
We provide practical and emotional support in a variety of ways for victims and those affected by the trauma of sexual abuse.
Migdal Emunah actively engages in raising awareness of Sexual Abuse and challenging the myths and taboos surrounding abuse.
Migdal Emunah works across all denominations of the Jewish Community. We offer services to meet the needs of our clients including, access to advice, advocacy and support. Clients are regularly reviewed to ensure they are benefiting and working well.
Migdal Emunah is a voluntary agency and a registered charity. We are therefore able to link in with the statutory services as well as other voluntary agencies for the benefit of our clients.
Migdal Emunah provides impartial and professional services, including access to a trained Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), trained counsellors, sex therapist, family therapists and childrens therapist. We also provide access to rabbinical advice, legal advice and psychologists.
All Migdal Emunah representatives have received extensive professional training and highly experienced, in order that we can offer the highest standard of service and independent client care to individuals and families who contact us for help.