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Welcome to Tzedek

Tzedek (‘Justice’ in Hebrew) is an Australian-based support and advocacy group for Jewish victims/survivors of child sexual abuse—promoting their needs and interests and offering them and other relevant stakeholders a range of services.

The principal objective and activity of Tzedek is to promote the prevention or control of harmful or abusive behaviour, specifically, the prevention of harm arising from the sexual abuse of children within the Jewish community.

Vision

A Jewish community free of child sexual abuse and the associated harmful behaviour.

 

History

Tzedek was founded in December 2012 in response  to numerous cases alleging serious child sexual abuse and subsequent cover-ups within various Jewish community institutions throughout Australia.

In July 2011, Tzedek Fouder and CEO Manny Waks went public with his personal story of child sexual abuse. This led to dozens of other victims coming forward.

Due to rapid development within Australia (including the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse), it was considered most appropriate to establish an independant organisation to respond to this issue.

 

Our mission

  • To support and advocate for Jewish victims/ survivors of child sexual abuse and their families.
  • To prevent child sexual abuse by:
    • raising awareness and creating a cultural change in relation to child sexual abuse;
    • educating the community including children, parents and organisations; and
    • empowering members of the Jewish community to be able to prevent, recognise and address child sexual abuse for themselves and others.
  • To prevent and control the harm arising from the sexual abuse of children within the Jewish community by assisting and supporting the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community and their families by:
    • providing resources and referrals to support services such as counselling and legal services; and
    • organising meetings/conferences, support groups and other activities for victims/survivors of child sexual abuse and their families.

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