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Recovering from Being Raped by a "Friend"
I didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to react. I didn't know who to tell...
When the people I was babysitting for returned and found me, they immediately called the police. But I felt more harassed than helped. Back in the 1960's, it was thought by many that women who were raped probably "asked for it"...
I stopped crying, took a deep breath and leaned back. "I'm angry G‑d. I'm angry at You. There, I said it." It all came rushing out at once. "I'm angry for these past two years. I'm angry that You weren't there when I needed You the most. I'm angry because...
A Fourteen Year Old Rape Victim Shares Her Story
I couldn't talk about the rape. If I talked about it I would feel it, it would be real. I wanted to pretend like it didn't happen, and if no one knew it was easier to pretend...
Confronting One's Childhood Abuse as an Adult
Something has tormented my soul for many a year. I tried to live by the adage that what happens in the family stays in the family...
Healing from Sexual Abuse
I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I consider myself one of the lucky ones, as my abuser did not live in my home...
s it true that the Torah requires rape victims to marry their rapists, and the only punishment to the rapist is a fifty-shekel fine paid to the victim’s father?
It is so easy to want to throw out anything that was ever associated with him. To burn it and leave nothing left. But I can’t. You see, so much of who I am is because of him...
Simeon and Levi—Paradigms for a Bar Mitzvah Boy?
Why did Simeon and Levi kill the people of Shechem? Were their actions morally justified? Morally imperative? And why do they serve as the prototype for the law of bar mitzvah, the Jewish boy’s attainment of maturity and responsibility?
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