Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The following is a letter I received from a reader, and called him up and spoke with him to get details and verify it. It turns out that I remember him from cheder and we caught up on the “good ole times” but I am glad that we were able to reminisce on our younger years.
Dear Blog admin,
I want to congratulate you on your fine work and on your courage to open your secrets and life and your pain to the public.
I am a former Talmud of R’ braver and B’H I was never molested by him, but I was “big time” touched and fondled” by a different teacher in the same school, and never ever told anyone (except for friends in shul) abut it, I was embarrassed, ashamed and scared. And honestly, now that I see the backlash you are getting just for mentioning your story (which I fully believe you) it confirms my thinking that I always thought, that no one will believe me.
The teacher that touched me inappropriately is also not alive anymore, his name was R’ Abba Hirsh, he pulled down my pants on a daily basis, touched my genitals and pushed my hands towards his genitals. I can honestly say that I don’t believe it effected me much through out my life, but every so often it gets me mad and a little down, but overall my life has been smooth sailing for the most part.
I can also tell you that while discussing it with guys “non challantly” there seems to bbe that I was NOT the only one! It’s almost like “oh he was an old chazir – we all knew it”.
Well, just like you, I am not telling this story because I want to call him t court or I want to win some money here, I am just telling it as a warning and a reminder to everyone involved with kids. Don’t even touch little kids, because it will come back to hurt you 20 years later. Kids remember thins vividly and you never know when they will decide to talk.
Feel free to publish my name; I am not embarrassed in the least. And you can always reach me at 718.38-.----
I advised him after talking to him, to not publish his name. Also, I feel better now that I have publicized my molesters name Mr. braver, because people see that you can get revenge and justice after all even 30 years later. I have gotten also many more emails accusing other teachers and principals, but I need to verify them first.