Magen Statement: Moshe Katsav
While horrified and shocked by the severity of the crimes committed by our ex-President, Moshe Katsav, Magen applauds the justice system which enabled the victims to be heard, represented and prevail, even against the highest ranking official in Israel.
In abuse cases, in the eyes of the victim, every abuser is 'presidential': more powerful, higher status, stronger, intimidating and more credible than the victim.
That is why the overwhelming majority of abuse victims do not bring official complaints - and indeed do not speak at all of the crimes against them.
Magen hopes that the Katsav case will strengthen all abuse victims, and encourage them to voice their pain, and to report the crimes committed against them to the authorities.
The Katsav verdict is a powerful victory for the Israeli legal system, and for abuse victims everywhere.