'There Isn't One Boy Who Wasn't Sexually Abused' in Jerusalem’s Extreme Haredi Neighborhoods

Complaints that two giants of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world - Chaim Walder and Yehuda Meshi-Zahav - have sexually abused children have encouraged more victims to speak out and wrenched the community out of its complacency. Some of them are my friends

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Chaim Walder, who has been accused of sexually abusing ultra-Orthodox girls and a woman.
Author and educator Chaim Walder, who has been accused of sexually abusing ultra-Orthodox girls and a woman.
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

Destruction. Mourning. There are no other words for what the ultra-Orthodox community has been going through since Haaretz published its investigative report on author and educator Chaim Walder last week. The allegations that he sexually abused three people – a 13-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and a 20-year-old woman who came to him for treatment – were a silent earthquake.

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