The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel reported a significant increase
Thursday in the number of calls to its hotlines for religious men and women,
following the Wednesday conviction of Rabbi Mordechai Elon for indecent assault
by force against a minor.
The association also stated this week that it wished
to strengthen victims of sexual assault who chose to speak out about the events.
Orit Sulitzeanu, the association’s director-general, said in a statement that
the court ruling was of “immense importance in breaking the silence surrounding
the phenomenon of sexual assault in the religious community.”
that the sense of guilt and shame that accompanies sexual abuse victims prevents
women and men affected [from seeking] help or to complain,” she added. “We hope
that all victims feel better thanks to this court decision and that people will
understand that justice always ends up coming to light.”
The association added
that each year, over 900 men and boys who suffered from sexual abuse turned to
the centers’ hotlines for men.