Sexual Violence and Judaism: As a Community, We Need To Do More

In 2010, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention found that one in five women and one in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime. These numbers are startling. I know what you’re thinking— why are you bringing this up on a Jewish blog? This sort of thing doesn’t happen in our community. It happens to other people.

Sexual assault and intimate partner violence occur in the Jewish community the same as it does in the rest of the country. It is an issue swept under the rug for most Jews. We point fingers at other groups of people— rape happens in the city, in other religious communities, in communities with no religion, but certainly not us, we say! This attitude allows perpetrators to continue their behavior and victims to feel ashamed and blamed. The truth is, we are not immune to this serious public health concern.

It’s time for the Jewish community to start taking sexual assault and intimate partner violence seriously.


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