I am sharing with you a letter I received from a surbivior (Name is real)
Dear Rabbi Rosenberg,
I've recently read of your incredible dedication to seeking justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse.
When I was three, I was molested. I developed numerous phobias and became mentally ill during my childhood. It took decades of hard work to undo what one terrible event launched. I am fifty-five now, and although I have many wonderful things in my life, including a great husband and terrific daughters, it still saddens me terribly at times, when I think of the myriad opportunities I failed to grasp earlier in life - opportunities that would have launched me in exciting directions where I could have done rewarding, meaningful work.
Instead, I spent decades overcoming mental illness. What a waste and what a shame. Not only for me. For so many people. According to Childhelp.org, about 80% of 21-year-olds who were abused as children meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
I've written a recovery novel (fiction, not autobiography) based on my experiences, and it's my hope that my book will both offer hope to victims of sexual abuse, and bring greater awareness of the long-term devastation created by this heinous crime.
No one has threatened me or my family, though, for speaking out. What you have had to endure, and the fact that you persevere in spite of violent threats (some carried out), community prejudice and contempt is laudable.
I wish you all the best in your efforts to educate a public that often prefers to be blind. It is ironic that you are offering vision and one of your enemies attempted to blind you. It is he, and those who think like he does, who are blind.
Thank you for your strength of conviction in such a difficult and important matter. Thank you very much. With people like you, there is always hope.
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 2/03/2013
Letter From a Survivior
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg