David Gordon, Survivor & Victim buried August 2014
QOTD = Quote of the Day
If we keep sweeping our problems under the rug we will eventually trip over them. The time has come for us to stand up for ourselves, our children and our communities. It’s time to sacrifice the comfort of not tackling serious issues that are awkward and embarrassing and focus on the dignity of human life. If I can have a voice you can too.
Take a stand and be a real leader. Blush for a few moments so others don’t have to bleed.
One reason why victims of abuse are also called survivors is because so many don’t make it. So many are too ashamed to reach out and frequently fall into depression, violence, addiction and ultimately into death’s arms. But we can be brave and stand up for what we know is right. Together our voices can be louder than ever. I know that I alone cannot change the world, but together we can make a difference.
by David Gordon, 21-year-old survivor-advocate writing in June 2013 about Detroit rabbinical leadership he accused of covering up his abuse and about his own difficult path.
He was buried on Mt. Herzl, Jerusalem last week. I prefaced my FaceBook announcement of his levaya with this message:
David Gordon was wronged in his life and never could get full justice. I urge those who can to attend to honor him and signal his justified claims on others.
A few weeks ago when a lone soldier was buried, over 10k Israelis showed up.
David is a different kind of lone soldier. Let him at least finally depart with a message of support for him and many like him. It is too late to embrace him in life. But not too late to carry his message.
Several hundred people did show up including many of his fellow soldiers from the Givati Brigade with their distinctive plum berets who left insignia and patches on his grave mound.