I was asked to publish this anonymously, and have done so, because it touched my soul and moved me.
I’ve heard a lot about the #MeToo trend.
And I want to say #MeToo, by someone high up in the Jewish community.
I also want to say that as a community, we have many wonderful things to be proud of. Gemachim. People to visit the sick. Meals for new mothers. But we also have our own serious issues, and I think one of the biggest is the way we respond to sexual harassment and abuse.
We sweep it under the rug, and make it shameful. We make it difficult to talk about. Not always. Perhaps not even often. And I know that there are amazing people in the Jewish community who are doing their utmost to tackle this problem. Let’s join them, and do our bit to eradicate this issue, because no one should have to write what I just wrote.
I would like to add that I am not publishing this in an attempt to discredit the frum community, but to highlight the ways in which we can improve. If you’re reading this now, you probably agree that we can do better, and I want to ask you to be the change.