The impact of culture on sexual abuse issues is only beginning to be understood. In minority populations, sexual abuse can be overlooked - or survivors can be inappropriately treated - because of cultural or linguistic misunderstandings, racism or homophobia. This volume contains culture-specific chapters that consider ways in which cultural norms can be used to protect children and promote healing from sexual abuse.
Chapter 5: Jews and Sexual Child Abuse
Jews and Sexual Child Abuse
“How can we describe an ethnic group on the move, with thousands of years of history, yet no single language or country of origin?” (Herz & Rosen, 1982, p. 364). This question suggests why writing about the North American Jewish experience in general is difficult. Within American Judaism, there is an astonishing diversity of culture, race, class, religious observance, degree of assimilation, and identification with historical Jewish concerns and practices.
Some Jewish families of German and other Western European descent have been in North America since the middle of the 19th century. The majority of Jews in North America are second- and third-generation descendants of Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jews who emigrated in the last century, ...