Last night, Jewish Community Watch organization hosted an evening to bring education and awareness to child abuse (CSA) in the Montreal community.
As I’ve heard often happens before JCW comes to a new city, many are unsure how to react.
For the few weeks leading up to the event, our community was abuzz.
The “for” and “against” JCW groups drew their lines and the rhetoric was flying.
I knew I would attend to show support for the many victims of abuse. Yet, there was a part of me that understood the “against” group.
“Who are they anyhow?” They seemed to ask. “What jurisdiction do they have here? WE CAN DEAL WITH OUR OWN PROBLEMS AND WE DONT NEED THEM!”
I sat through a full JCW event. I listened to the stories the speakers shared and I watched as a woman from our community looked at the crowd directly and proudly declared “I will do anything for JCW”.
It was at that moment that I realized what JCW means to her and the many innocent and hurt children who had nowhere else to turn to before JCW was established.
I give a Bracha to JCW to be able to continue these events and bring their message to each and every frum community. The evening was enlightening, riveting, and painful, but long overdue and absolutely necessary.