It is 2:30am and I can’t sleep. I just finished watching Brave Miss World. It moved me inspired me, but most of all effected me to come forward and speak out after 40 years.
I am a Hasidic pop singer and I have carried this burden for a long time.
I grew up in a religious family and went to a religious school.
At the age of 9 I was sexually assaulted by my teacher. I was not the only boy. I mustered the courage to convince 2 other boys to come with me to the principal and maybe we would be believed as a group. The principal pulled out a stick and said he would break the stick on our backsides if we ever speak of this again. I felt guilt, shame and confused about religion.
It has taken me years to separate the beautiful teachings of my heritage from the teacher and develop a healthy connection to religion. It will never be perfect and the damage creeps up on you every so often.
This movie inspired me. You are living proof that a little light can chase away a lot of darkness. In these days of Chanukah my pledge to you is that I will do what I can in my community to help victims in any way I can and take the tourch of fire you ignited and kindle more tourches of light. Together we CAN change the world.
Thank you thank you!!
— Survivor, age 48