Healing from Molestation and Dealing with Violators Part II
MyLife: Chassidus Applied Episode 56
Tonight’s broadcast has been pre-recorded due to the Kinus Hashluchos.
How can we best protect our children from being violated? How should we act if we become aware of or we suspect violations? Is it best to speak up or be silent? To whom should we turn? What is our responsibility as a community? What can and should our schools and camps do? With the deep stigma associated with abuse, how can we deal with it in a healthy manner? How can we transform a culture afraid to address the issue of molestation and turn it into to a safe-haven for those who have been violated and a place that forever prevents it from happening again? How can we encourage victims to come forward when previously the common experience for victims was being outcast by the community, shunned, and not believed?
With the topic in the news and numerous comments and feedback coming in, Rabbi Jacobson will continue the discussion about molestation and the crisis of intimacy in our times, elaborating on: What is the Chassidic approach to the recovery process for victims of sexual abuse? How should we deal with predators? Is it helpful to expose violators? How do we deal with them without hurting more innocent people? Should we be protecting the family of a violator?
In episode 56 Rabbi Jacobson will also address: How should we address chutzpah and instill mentchlichkeit in our children? Are the schools responsible for teaching manners and values of respect, or does that come from the home? Can Chassidus be applied toward developing a methodology for conflict management and mediation?
This hour-long dose of insights is meant to inform, inspire and empower us by applying the teachings of Chassidus to help us face practical and emotional challenges and difficulties in our personal lives and relationships. To have your question addressed, please submit it at www.meaningfullife.com/mylifelive.
The topics in this Sunday’s hour-long broadcast will include:
· Chassidus Applied to Adar and Terumah
· Healing from molestation and dealing with violators part II
· Can we embarrass abusers? (follow-up)
· Responsibility of authority and schools to combat violations
· Educating our children: Where’s the mentchlichkeit?
· How do we deal with chutzpah?
· Conflict management and mediation
MyLife: Chassidus Applied addresses questions that many people are afraid to ask and others are afraid to answer. When asked about the sensitive topics he has been addressing, Rabbi Simon Jacobson commented, “I understand that the stakes are high, but the silence and lack of clarity on matters plaguing the community can no longer go unaddressed. The stakes of not providing answers are even higher.”
The on-going series has provoked a significant reaction from the community, with thousands of people viewing each live broadcast and hundreds of questions pouring in. At the root of every question and personal challenge tackled by the series is the overarching question: Does Judaism have the answers to my personal dilemmas?
In inimitable “Jacobson-fashion”, the broadcast answers people’s questions in simple, clear language while being heavily sourced. Each episode is jam-packed with eye-opening advice from the Rebbeim, gleaned from uncovering surprising gems in their letters, sichos and maamorim that address our personal issues with disarming relevance. Simultaneously, Rabbi Jacobson is able to crystallize a concept quickly, succinctly, and poignantly for any level of listener.