Migdal Emunah (Tower of Faith) is the United Kingdom’s main orthodox Jewish vehicle for fighting sex abuse and aiding victims and survivors. They have cause to celebrate right now during their national Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. They got on some shows and did some good PR. The hashtag of the week is #ItsNotOK. At one point, it was most associated with Yehudis.
The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, issued a powerful statement.
Let the message go out that we will receive victims of abuse with warmth and sensitivity and create a culture of support for them right across our communities. Neither stature nor reputation should be a barrier to our willingness to report or comprehensive investigation. Perpetrators of these crimes, particularly those who have sought to hide within the infrastructure of the Jewish community, have desecrated the name of God and destroyed lives. Their actions often steal innocence and betray trust and are among the very worst crimes that can be committed.
I salute the bravery of those victims who have found the courage to speak out and hope that their example might give others the strength to do the same.
Many campaigners have made it their life’s mission to tackle this problem and we are indebted to them for that invaluable work.
We must not stand idly by the blood of our neighbours.
The founder and head of Migdal Emunah, Yehudis Goldsobel, writes in the the UK’s Jewish News about her experiences as a survivor and the needs of those served by Migdal Emunah. Check it out.
Earlier today I wrote some lists of the various blogs and organizations fighting abuse and supporting survivors. This was in the context of the report that Shmarya Rosenberg will no longer be blogging on Failed Messiah. As with all of us in this area, positives and negatives can be invoked. But what struck me is how our efforts are with few exceptions, underfunded, under-supported, and fragile . So much of what we accomplish depends on the voluntary contributions of a small band of committed activists. We often forget to just support each other. Many great activists burn out.
So let’s break that pattern starting with Migdal Emunah. Let’s make the effort to learn about them through their web page or FaceBook page, congratulate them, by direct messages, publicize their website and work, and donate. They will happily take gifts of any amount in Pounds, Dollars, Euros, and several other currencies. Im aiyn kemach, aiyn tzedek!
I know so many of my thousand plus regular readers care about the issue. Let’s go further and create a network of solidarity and action as powerful as the culture that protects and enables abusers. Please take the first step today. Please take some action.