Episode Notes

Trigger warning: this podcast discusses sexual abuse, mental illness and suicide.

From the age of 11, Manny Waks was groomed for sex. The Jewish activist was brought up in an Orthodox-Jewish community and routinely abused. When he was 17, Manny became a whistle-blower on childhood sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. He speaks to Meshel about the effects of his pursuit for justice on his family, plus his exile from Australia and his struggle to keep fighting through the depression.

If this podcast brings up issues for you around sexual or emotional abuse, please call Bravehearts on 1800 272 831. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can get advice from The Child Abuse Prevention hotline on 1800 688 009 or call The Child Abuse Report Line on: 131 478 (Open 24 hours). You can also call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Manny Waks is Jewish community leader and activist, and the author of Who Gave You Permission? Hear more from Manny on his blog

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