A few months ago, I had an idea for a project. I wanted to tell the story of child sexual abuse in the charedi community in a way that people could connect to, in a way that was easy to consume but also comprehensive. I wanted it all to be in one place, without forcing the people who wanted to hear the story to read for hours, or research different sources. I wanted it all in one place, accessible, and relatable.
So I settled on a web-series, but I wasn’t sure what structure it should take. I spent a few months talking with friends, fellow survivors, bloggers, and activists, and finally a structure seemed to form. I would tell my story first, so people understand at least one survivor’s story well, and then move on to how child sexual abuse happens, how it’s allowed to continue, how the power structures in the charedi community enable and perpetuate abuse, and how we can change it.
The scope of the project is pretty big, and it’ll probably take over a year for me to complete. It has to all be written out, planned, broken down into episodes, recorded, edited, and finally, posted.
It’s taken a while, but I’m finally ready to start. It’ll be uploaded to YouTube, shared as a Facebook video, and available as a Podcast. As soon as the first episode is up, I’ll post links to each. Episodes will be about 10-15 minutes long, so they’re easy to listen to. Hopefully, together, we can raise awareness about the exact nature of the problem, clear up any misconceptions, and help change the community to give its children a better future.
Thank you for being with me all these years, and I look forward to sharing this project with all of you.