I live in the FORMER Child-Sex-Abuse-Coverup Capital of Israel

Shoshanna Jaskoll

By Shoshannah Jaskoll
The Times of Israel
12 September 2013

Underreporting of sexual abuse is a global problem. According to Israel’s National Council For the Child, only about 1 in 10 cases of abuse reach the authorities. Here, in Bet Shemesh in 2010, the reporting was only a third of the national average. This equates to 1 in 30, the lowest reporting rate in Israel.

Since Magen, a nonprofit dedicated to prevention, intervention and treatment of sexual abuse of children, began operating here three years ago, the reporting of sexual abuse has increased, and in 2013, it actually doubled from the year before.

We are no longer the sex abuse coverup capital.

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