Confronting Sexual Abuse in Jewish Families

By Sharon L. Lowenstein

Moment Magazine, April 1990

The author, an adult survivor of prolonged child sexual abuse, argues that the Jewish community must confront the sexual abuse and incest that occurs in its midst. She states that rabbis should confront communal denial of abuse from the pulpit and offer support to individuals. Religious schools and day schools should provide educational programs for children and parents. Local and national organizations should include incest and child abuse in their programs on Jewish family problems. The purpose of all such efforts should be education, intervention and support. All of us should learn how to talk openly about incest and child sexual abuse. The secrecy must stop. The existence of incestuous, even brutal, families among us does not repudiate the existence of normal or superior families. They exist side-by-side and are often, from the outside, indistinguishable from each other.

Topic: Privacy, Communal Responsibility, Children, Abuse, Family

Editor: Epstein, Nadine

Volume/Issue: Vol.15/no.2

Page Number(s): 48-53

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lowenstein, Sharon L. Confronting Sexual Abuse in Jewish Families. Moment Magazine. April 1990: 48-53. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10637


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