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Israel's First Lady Meets with Women from IFCJ-Supported Shelters

Nechama Rivlin meets with women who have survived abuse, from an IFCJ-supported shelter, Bat Melech (Photo: courtesy)

IFCJ and its faithful supporters help many different types of people in Israel and around the world, from impoverished families to orphaned children to elderly Holocaust survivors. Some of those most at risk and in need of care and compassion are women suffering from abuse. The Jerusalem Post's Greer Fay Cashman reports that Israel's first lady, Nechama Rivlin, met with women who shared their stories:

The group of women looked as if they were part of any women’s organization, with the marked difference that the sense of sisterhood seemed to be much stronger. It was hard to believe that before this year, most of them had been strangers to one another. Aged from early 20s to 50 plus, they had all been victims of sexual abuse. Some had been abused many times over, and in at least three or four cases since early childhood.

They came from all over the country and from different backgrounds and they were in Jerusalem on Monday to meet with Nechama Rivlin, the wife of the president of the state.

They were part of a project undertaken by the women’s magazine LaIsha. The project began with four of them who had been interviewed in the past by journalist Sharon Rofeh Ofir. Using social media and other means, she brought a much larger group together to talk about what had happened to them, why they had remained silent for so long, and how relieved they felt to be able to share their experiences and emotions with other women who had been through something similar...

Most of the other women had been raped, some of them in childhood, one, a kibbutznik, at the age of 18 months and onwards, some in their teens, and one also had the misfortune after having been raped to marry an abusive husband...

Among the organizations supporting Bat Melech is the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which realizing the vulnerability of the women who seek out Bat Melech, wants to strengthen them and give them the tools with which to start new lives.

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