Dear JOFA,

Dear JOFA,

I read every issue of the Journal from cover to cover.
I received the Winter2015–2016 issue this week and was stunned to see that it focused on child sexual abuse.
I read every word on the spot.
I was abused daily by my school counselor from ages 13 to 16. I didn’t tell for all the reasons expressed in your articles—and because he said if I told, he’d kill himself, and I’d be responsible for his kids being orphans.
I’m 60 now and at this point I don’t expect I’ll ever find it safe to tell family, friends, community, or my rabbi. I hope your focusing on this issue will make it easier for today’s children to speak out when molested by trusted caretakers and professionals.
Todah rabbah.

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