Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Actor Corey Feldman Says Pedophilia #1 Problem for Child Stars

Actor Corey Feldman Says Pedophilia #1 Problem for Child Stars

This page is dedicated to the memory of Corey Haim
December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010

Both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim were Jewish survivor of child sexual abuse.  Corey Haim died on March 10, 2010.

Actor Corey Feldman Says Pedophilia #1 Problem for Child Stars

By Steven Baker and David Wright
ABC News (Nightline) - August 10, 2011

Corey Feldman has no idea what it's like not to be famous. After all, he starred in a McDonald's ad when he was just 3 years old.
"I literally was famous before I knew my own name," he said in an interview with ABC News' "Nightline."
The ad led to roles in films such as "Stand By Me," "Goonies" and "License to Drive." He was a household name before he could read.
"I knew ... to respond to Corey, but I didn't know how to write it; I didn't know how to spell it," he said.
But being famous and underage, he said, caused serious damage to him and his friends, including loss of innocence and a lost childhood.
Feldman blamed the adults around him, not just those looking to profit from charming children, but also some with far more sinister motives.
"I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That's the biggest problem for children in this industry. ... It's the big secret," Feldman said.
The "casting couch," which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. "Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It's all done under the radar," he said.
"I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn't even know it. It wasn't until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere," Feldman, 40, said.
The trauma of pedophilia contributed to the 2010 death of his closest friend and "The Lost Boys" co-star, Corey Haim, Feldman said.
"There's one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim. And that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul. And that person needs to be exposed, but, unfortunately, I can't be the one to do it," Feldman said, adding that he, too, had been sexually abused by men in show business.
Feldman said his realization followed the discovery of what some adults around him had allegedly done to other children. "There was a circle of older men … around this group of kids. And they all had either their own power or connections to great power in the entertainment industry," he said.
Feldman admitted that Haim struggled with addiction but said it was a mechanism to cope with his demons. "It was a symptom," he said.
In their 2008 reality TV show, "The Two Coreys," Feldman and Haim confronted each other on their dark past.
"[T]here's a lot of good people in this industry, but there's also a lot of really, really sick, corrupt people. And there are people ... who have gotten away with it for so long that they feel they're above the law, and that's got to change," Feldman said.
Corey Haim's mother said in an email to ABC News, "I am not willing to discuss or respond to anything Corey Feldman has to say. He shouldn't be talking about my kid. I wish he would talk about himself only and leave my son out of it."
Chris Snyder and his late boss, Iris Burton, managed Feldman at the height of his career, along with many other big child stars such as Drew Barrymore, the Olsen twins and River Phoenix.
"I've never heard that one about Corey Haim," Snyder said, referring to Feldman's new allegation.
Snyder said for most child stars, parents are the biggest potential problem. Many child performers don't want to do it, but the parents want them to, he said.
"The biggest problem ... is when the parents start to live through the kids and quit their jobs, and buy expensive houses, buy expensive cars," Snyder said. "And the parents aren't understanding it's not going to go on forever. And it just wrecks everything."

Corey Feldman Says He'd Never Want Stardom for His Son

Feldman's parents managed his career until money came between them and the young star.
"I got legally emancipated by going to the [Screen Actors Guild] producers pension, health and welfare plan myself at 14 years old and saying, 'What were my earnings, and what's left?'" Feldman said.
He said he was told he had earned about $1 million, "which is really not that much money, but in those days it was," and $40,000 was left.
"And guess what? When I went in for the emancipation trial, my father said, 'Since I spent my time with you on your last film and took it away from my office where I should have been focused, instead I'm going to ask you for that $40,000 back as repayment for the money that I lost in my business,'" Feldman said.
He had to pay his father, he said, putting him in debt at the age of 15.
Court records of the trial are sealed. In a statement to ABC News Feldman's father said, "I love my son with all my heart however his lifestyle has impaired his memory. I opposed his emancipation because he was not mature enough to face life in the world of show business. I feel the court made a mistake in allowing him to be on his own and out of control. Any money that the court awarded is a fraction of his claim and this was reimbursement for strictly professional expenses since after Corey's Mom and I separated she received Corey's income and I ended up with his expenses, ie: private school, a publicist, professional wardrobe, traveling expenses and lots more. This helped to save his career while he was in trouble with drug problems. I thought I was doing the best for my son and I am always here for him."
Being underage and famous is not a dream Feldman has for his son, he said, and unlike many famous parents, he doesn't walk the red carpet with him.
"Child stars have nothing," he said. "They have no choice. ... I was never taught how to have a family. I was never taught how to raise a child, because I wasn't raised properly. I was never taught how to care for somebody, because I was never shown genuine love."
"I knew how to read a contract by 10 years old, but I didn't know what it meant for somebody to come in and tell me they loved me and kiss me goodnight," Feldman added. "That's a problem."

Monday, August 01, 2011

Case of the Sadistic Cult Leader Associated With The Quasi-Breslov Hassidim

Case of the Sadistic Cult Leader Associated With The Quasi-Breslov Hassidim
Jerusalem, Israel

Convicted sex offender who headed a religious cult that physically, mentally, and sexually abused a group of women and their children was sentenced to 26 years behind bars by the Jerusalem District Court.

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  1. Case originally hit the news media in August 2011

  1. Sadistic cult leader sentenced to 26 years


Sadistic cult leader sentenced to 26 years
Man abused and enslaved six women and dozens of children, some of whom continue to support him
By Stuart Winer and Spencer Ho
Times of Israel - October 17, 2013

A man is escort by police at Jerusalem District Court after being sentenced to prison as the head of sadistic cult on October 17, 2013.

man who headed a religious cult that physically, mentally, and sexually abused a group of women and their children was sentenced to 26 years behind bars by the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday.

The man, 58, who has remained unnamed in the media, was also ordered to pay a total of NIS 100,000 (some $28,000) to his victims. A second man, who was an accomplice in the crimes, was sentenced to six years in prison. The separate trial of a third man involved in the case is still underway.

Prosecuting lawyer Sagi Ofer had asked for a sentence of 65 years for the cult leader and 20 years for his deputy.

“They have been given a sentence that isn’t trivial, but we believed that in cases like this it should be heavier,” Ofer said. “A punishment is supposed to convey a message to victims and minors who had the courage to complain.”

Despite the conviction, some of the cult’s women continue to support their leader, a resident of Jerusalem who associated himself with the Breslov Hassidic movement. They claim that witnesses were threatened into giving testimony.

The women called the proceedings “a lie,” adding that “we love this man and it was good to be with him.”

Last month the man and his assistant were found guilty of sex offenses, violence, confinement in conditions of slavery, and abuse of women and minors, including some of who are his own children. The court found that the man exploited his family’s religious faith, and their belief in him as a spiritual leader, in order to perpetrate the crimes against them.

A key witness in the case was a stepchild of the cult leader. The witness’s mother remains dedicated to the cult and did not speak to her son at the trial, Ynet reported.

The case shocked the country when it came to light in August 2011 after one of the women broke free and alerted authorities to the conditions that the man imposed on his followers. According to the court verdict, the group was composed of the man, six women, and 17 children. The convicted man convinced women to join with him in what initially appeared to be a pleasant life. However, once under his control, the women faced continued physical and sexual abuse, as did their children.

Initially, nine members of the family were arrested, including three men and six women, but only the three men were indicted. The children were placed with foster families.

The case not only made headlines for the severity of the charges, but also for a court-mandated gag order on the case meant to shield the victims, women and young children, from being identified. Initially, only a heavily edited version of the original indictment was released to the public.

Police used the information in personal journals kept by the women and children to uncover details about the abuses and build their case.

The women and children were subject to daily “confessions” and “judgments” and were punished by means of imprisonment, starvation, physical and mental abuse, humiliation, sexual abuse, and severe violence, according to the indictment. Police found numerous torture devices when they searched the house.













Mental Health Professionals Experienced With Sexual Trauma Serving the Jewish Community

The licensed mental health professionals listed below were suggested by survivors of sexual abuse/assault who found these individuals to be helpful in their healing process.

Disclaimer: Inclusion in this website does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. Individuals must decide for themselves if the resources meet their own personal needs. 


Kathleen Young, PhD
Experienced working with both male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Also offers online therapy.


A. Steven Frankel, PhD
Phone: 925-283-4800
Experienced working with PTSD and Dissociation.

Los Angeles
Cynthia A Henrie, MFT, BCETS

Andrew Susskind, LCSW

Carolyn J. Braddock, MA, PC 
Phone/Fax: 805-640-3744
Provides workshops on the The Braddock Body Process for survivors, professional training and consultations/coaching, Retreats and Intensives for individuals, couples and families.

Santa Monica
Rape Treatment Center, UCLA Medical Center
1250 Sixteenth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404 


District of Columbia (Washington DC)

Richard Chefetz, MD
Phone: 202-966-0224
4612 49th St., NW, Washington DC 20016
Specializing in PTSD and Dissociative Disorders

Christine Courtois, PhD 
Phone: 202-955-5652
3 Washington Circle, NW, Suite 206, Washington DC  20037
Specializing in PTSD and Dissociative Disorders


Florida Coalition Against Sexual Violence
Phone: 888-956-7273
A statewide organization committed to victims and survivors of sexual violence and the rape crisis programs who serve them.


Rusti Klien, MSW, MFT, LCSW
Phone: 706-369-0697
Specializing in PTSD and Dissociative Disorders.
Experienced working with orthodox survivors.


ICASA (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault)
Phone: 217-753-4117
ICASA consists of 33 sexual assault crisis centers and 26 satellite offices. Each center and satellite responds to victims of sexual assault. Staff and volunteers provide counseling, education and advocacy for victims and their families regardless of age, race or income.

Jeff Levy, MSW, LCSW
Phone: 773-880-1314
Specializing in working with gay male survivors of sexual trauma

Kathleen Young, PhD
773- 381-1922
Experienced working with both male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Also offers online therapy.

Gail Roy, MA, ATR, LCPC  
Phone:  (815) 469-4366
Specializing in Trauma, and creative therapies.

Oak Park
Richard Schwartz, PhD. LMFT
Center for Self Leadership
PO Box 3969, Oak Park, IL 60303
Phone: 708-383-2659
Fax: 708-383-2399

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, LCSW
Center for Contextual Change
9239 Gross Point Rd., Ste. 300, Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 676-4447 

Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC
A Creative Healing Center
Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment Services
P.O. Box 4824, Skokie, IL 60076

Specializing in adult survivors of trauma.  Offers both verbal and creative therapies.  Experienced working with orthodox survivors (male and female).


Robert Benedek, PhD
15 Walker Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
Experienced working with orthodox survivors (male and female).
Pro Bono Counseling Project of Maryland
Pro Bono Counseling Project hooks up individuals who can't afford counseling with private practice mental health providers who volunteer their services.  They have some therapists who specialize in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Joyanna Silberg, PhD 
Experenced working with sexually abused children.  Experienced working with orthodox survivors.

Owings Mills
Eena Bass-Feld, MA, ATR-BC, LCPC
Turn Around
10806 Reisterstown Rd., Suite 1-B, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Phone: (410) 998-9520
Individual and group therapy.
Art and verbal therapy.

Wendy Hoffman, MSW, LCSW-C
Individual counseling for survivors of sexual violence.


St. Paul
Mic Hunter, PhD, LMFT
357 Kellogg blvd., East, St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-224-4335
Experienced working with both male and female survivors.  Author of several books on child sexual abuse.


Mark Schwartz, PhD 
Castlewood Treatment Center 
800 Holland Rd., Ballwin, MO 63021
Phone: 636-386-6611
Experienced working with both adult and children who have been sexually victimized, eating disorders and also has experience working with Juvenile Sex offenders and sexually reactive children.  Clinical Director of Masters and Johnson Sexual Trauma Program

Nan Karl, MSW, LCSW
Phone: 314-403-7037
25 South Meramec Avenue, Suite 321T, Clayton, MO
Experienced working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse and the treatment of adolescent sex offenders and abuse reactive older children.

St. Louis
Donald Jeffries, MSW
Phone: 314-832-9415
Maiposa Men's Wellness Institute
P.O. Box 190372, St. Louis, MO
Specializes in working wiht Male survivors of sexual abuse.

Daniel Levin, PhD
Phone: 314-567-1044, ext. 1
8515 Delmar Ave., Ste. 220, St. Louis, MO  63124
Specializes in working with both adults and child survivors of child abuse. 

New Jersey

Ava Schlesinger, MSW, LCSW
Phone: 908-277-2790 Works with both adults and children.  Experienced with PTSD and Dissociation

New York

Phone: 212-229-0345
27 Christopher Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10014
The mission of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is to develop and advance strategies, policies and responses that prevent sexual violence and limit its destabilizing effects on victims, families and communities.

Marcelo Abramovich, LCSW-R
Phone: 212-655-3045
138 W. 25th Street, Ste. 623, New York, NNY
Experienced working with gay survivors of sexual abuse/assault.
Phone: (212) 799-5723  Fax: (212) 877-6030
Women's Mental Health Consortium, 205 West End Avenue, Apt. 1A, New York, NY 10023
Experienced working with female survivors, orthodox survivors.

Lisa Gilman, LCSW
Phone:  212-727-7591
Experienced working with both male and female survivors, orthodox survivors, PTSD and dissociative disorders.

Sarah Gundle, PsyD. 
Phone: 646-256-9233
450 West 24th Street Suite 1F, New York, NY 10011
Fluent in English and Hebrew.
Experienced working with both male and female survivors, orthodox survivors, addictions, eating disorders, self injury, dissociative disorders.  
Offers both individual and groups.
Sensitive to gay/lesbian issues and sexual identity issues.

Jenny Heinz, LCSW, BCD 
Phone: 212-362-0606
Experienced working with dissociation and PTSD.  Experienced with clergy sexual abuse and working with orthodox survivors.

Incest and Rape Recovery Center
Phone: 212-598-4218
Supports, vitalizes, organizes, and advocates for survivors of sexual abuse who seek healing in community.  Offers workshops and low-fee drop-in groups. Certified in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method®. 

John Markowitz, MD
Phone:  212-543-6283

New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University
1051 Riverside Drive, Ste. 129, New York, NY 10032 
Psychiatrist experienced working with male survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

Murray David Schane, MD
Phone: 212-864-0951
350 Central Park West, New York, NY 10025
Psychiatrist experienced working with male survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

Cheryl Seaman, MD
Phone: 917-687-8901
Psychiatrist.  Experienced working with PTSD and dissociation.  

Shielagh Shusta-Hochberg, PhD
Phone: 212-777-0775
Experienced working with PTSD and dissociation. 

Brad Foote, MD
Phone: 718-231-6964

Psychiatrist.  Specializes in dissociation and PTSD. Experienced working with orthodox survivors.


CAMBA : Rape Crisis Services
885 Flatbush Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Phone: 718- 282-5575
Hotline: 800-310-2449
All services are free and confidential. Legal and medical advocacy.  Assistance with filing compensation claims with the Crime Victims Board. Crisis counseling through 24-hour hotline.  Individual and group counseling.  Information and referrals.

Gavriel Fagin, MSW, LCSW 
Phone: 917-257-8626
441 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn NY
Fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish.
Experienced working with both male and female survivors, orthodox survivors

Dov Finkelstien, MSW
Phone: 718-787-1100
Sephardic Bikur Cholim, 425 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223
Experienced working with both male and female survivors, orthodox survivors

Moshe Preiser, PhD
Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Experienced working with both male and female survivors, orthodox survivors

Barbara Walters, MPS, MSW, LCSW
10 Plaza St., Brookyn, Y 11238
Experienced with survivors of child abuse of both genders and of al sexual orientations.

Michael J. Salamon, PhD  
Phone: 516-596-0073  Fax: 516-599-5698
Adult Developmental Center (ADC), 1728 Broadway, Hewlett, NY, 11557
Works with Adults, Adolescents and Children. Experienced with male survivors, the Orthodox community, Holocaust survivors, sex offenders (both adults and children), sexually reactive children, eating disorders, self mutilation, chemical dependency, sex addictions, bereavement issues, PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Sexual Identity Issues, biofeedback, and psychological testing.  Also offers group therapy for survivors (both male and female survivors).  Fluent in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Ruth Levi, MSW, LCSW
Experienced working with female survivors, orthodox survivors.

Staten Island (Near Brooklyn)
Ed Crowley, CSW
Work: 718-227-0758
3974 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10308
Works with adolescents and young men with history of childhood trauma.  Experienced with addiction and with survivors who are gay.

Stephanie Stolar. LMHC
Phone: 518-271-3705
Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program
2215 Burdett Ave., Troy, NY 12180
All services are free and confidential.  No insurance neeed.  24 hour hotline: 518-271-3257


Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDCIII
Phone: 216-619-6194
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center 
The Leader Building, 526 Superior Ave, Ste. 1400, Cleveland, OH 441121
Experienced working with survivors of sexual trauma and with chemical dependency issues.  Fluent in English and German.

Howard Fradkin, PhD, LICDC
Phone: 614-445-8277
A Center for Psychotherapy and Growth
918 S. Front Street, Columbus, OH  43206 Specializes in working with male survivors of sexual abuse/assault, and experienced working with chemical dependency issues.


Jill Maier, MA, LPC
Phone: 215-749-2433
Still Waters - Holistic Health Therapies
2305 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130
Specializes in working with trauma survivors in a holistic manner.


Falls Church
Joan Turkus, PhD.
200 Little Falls St., Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone: 703-532-4200
Experienced with PTSD and Dissociative Disorders


Frances Waters, MFT, LCSW, MSW
Experienced working with children who have PTSD and or Dissociative Disorders.


British Columbia
* Victoria 
Sandra Wieland, PhD
Experienced working with children and adolescents with PTSD and or dissociative disorders.

* Ontario
Nancy N. Mayer, MSW, RSW
1849 Yonge Street, Suite 605
Toronto, ON, M4S 1Y2



The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel
Rape Crisis Hotline, Groups, Legal Advocacy, Victim-Witness Assistance Program

Site in Hebrew.  Experienced working with orthodox survivors.

Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI) 
Not only deal with child abuse prevention, awareness, hotline, and treatment for victims and family, but also have a teen offender program.   Hebrew website

Religious Men's Hotline
Phone: 02 5328000, evenings.  At other times leave message. Referrals available for male survivors of sexual violence

Trauma and Dissociation - Israel (TDIL)  is a component group of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and is affiliated with the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD).TDIL serves as the professional home for Israeli mental health professionals, physicians, social workers, and counselors who are interested in trauma and dissociation.  Hebrew website

DN Emek Bet Shean
Frances R. Yoeli, MFT, LCSW
Experienced working with adults with PTSD and Dissociation

Eli Somer, Phd and Liora Somer
+972-4-838-1999 Experienced working with adults with PTSD and Dissociation.  Founder of the Trauma-Dissociation-Israel component group of the ISSTD

The Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma was founded by professionals in the field of traumatic stress to promote the development of services for trauma survivors and to advance the treatment of trauma survivors throughout Israel. Furthermore, the Center aims to function as a national and international resource center for both mental health professionals and the average Israeli in need of information. Experienced working with orthodox survivors

Ramat Gan
David Ribner, PhD 
Bar-Ilan Univeristy
School of Social Work, Ramat Gan  52900, Israel
Experienced working with orthodox survivors.

Tel Aviv
Bonnie Simone, MSW
Experienced working with PTSD and dissociation.  Experienced with orthodox survivors