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When senior ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel tried to silence or blame victims of sexual abuse who had been allegedly attacked by high-profile men in The community, Young People expressed their anger. Some likened The furious response by young haredi Jews - for whom talk of sex is taboo and Reaching Out to police is often not an option - to The #MeToo movement.
Shayli Level weeps as he prays, calling out to God: " Father, I've no energy left to absorb all this. "
After a decade Of Silence , Shayli, now in his early 30s, has recently broken strict religious conventions and spoken publicly about being groomed and sexually abused between The ages of 12 and 19, by a leading ultra-Orthodox - or haredi - Figure .
" Everyone gave him respect and I wanted to be around him, " Shayli says. One of 13 children, Shayli often craved attention and felt flattered to be Singled Out by Meshi Zahav.
Then, One Day , Meshi Zahav offered him a free T-shirt. " When he put [it] on, he put his hand inside my pants. "
He thought about harming himself. " I didn't want life anymore, " he says.
But that changed in 2021, just after it was announced that Zahav had won The esteemed Israel Prize - regarded as The country's highest cultural honour. A newspaper published accusations of how since The 1980s, Zahav had been using his status and power to assault women and children.
Meshi Zahav denied it and after police opened an investigation, he tried to kill himself, Ending Up in a coma.
Romi Schwartz, now 40, was sexually abused as a child and later raped by children's book author, therapist, and media personality Rabbi Chaim Walder to whom she had turned for help.
But after a year, he took advantage of her trust and The fact she had led a sheltered life. He sexually assaulted her in his book storeroom and later tricked her into going to a hotel, where he raped her.
" You don't go to The secular world's authorities, it's forbidden. "
It was only late Last Year , after another newspaper investigation, that a special rabbinical court acted against Walder. The religious court found him guilty of sexually assaulting or raping More Than 20 women and girls over decades.
He protested his innocence, but as police began an investigation, he shot himself dead.
Some rabbis and religious media reacted with silence or even by criticising The Victims . They accused those who had spoken out against Walder of The Sin of slander, even murder. One abuse survivor then killed herself.
Religious activist, Shoshana Keats Jaskoll, says she and others couldn't believe that Walder was still being defended, and that it was his victims who were being blamed.
Avigayl Heilbronn, who describes herself as a modern haredi, is one of a growing number of women trying to raise awareness in a community which shuns The Internet .
She and others have been leafleting ultra-Orthodox households across Israel - More Than A Million flyers have been put through letterboxes. " These are instructions for parents [on] How To talk to their children about sexual abuse, " says Avigayl. " We're not only making noise. "
The activists liken what is happening to The #MeToo movement. They say it has had a similar domino effect - " with adults and children speaking out about historic and recent abuse by powerful Figures - both men and women".
Questions remain, though, about how effectively The Most conservative haredi authorities can act against sexual abusers.
He speaks from bitter experience. He was raised in a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox community in Australia and he and His Family paid a high price when he became one of The First to talk publicly about his experience of being sexually abused as a child.
But Rabbi Aharon Boymel - who considered himself a friend of both Zahav and Walder - insists things are changing.
He says rabbinical leaders did not know about abuse by The two men but admits that a culture of shame and secrecy has been " a big problem".
But it appears not all is clear-cut.
Such comments have raised concerns among victims who believe some abusers are still being offered treatment rather than reported directly to The Police .
Days later, Shayli searches for his grave in The vast, centuries-old Jewish Cemetery on The Mount of Olives. He finds it in a corner reserved for those who killed Themselves - Seen as a violation of Jewish beliefs.
Shayli prays there alone for a Short Time . He leaves tearful but relieved.
" It's behind me, " he says. " It's painful, but now it's over. "
" It heals you. "
Source of news: bbc.com