Magen was established in 2010 in response to a few sexual abuse cases in the city of Bet Shemesh. In these cases, children were molested by teachers in religious schools, and the families of the victims were not helped or supported by their communities when they came forward. Not knowing where to turn, they looked to the founder of a local charity organization, David Morris, for help. He was shocked by the situations these families found themselves in, and assembled a team of mental health professionals to support and guide them. This team evolved into Magen, which is now a registered non-profit in Israel, dedicated to comprehensively dealing with the epidemic of child sexual abuse. Magen works primarily with English speakers all over Israel.
- PREVENT abuse through education and awareness
- SUPPORT victims and their families.
- PROTECT children from risks posed by alleged perpetrators within communities.
- Prevention Services
- “Chug Bayit” Project- A crash course for parents in protecting their kids from sexual abuse.
- Sexual Abuse prevention seminars for teens.
- Large scale awareness events, featuring survivors of childhood sexual abuse telling their personal stories.
- Sexual abuse prevention seminars for educators, doctors, rabbis, and community leaders.
- Support Services
- 24 hour hotline and information line, can be reached at 02-999-9678 (press 1 for hotline) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Guidance regarding the options and reporting process when necessary (including physcial escort on request).
- Help navigating the school, social services, police, and court systems.
- Referrals to expert therapists.
- Support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
- Risk Management Services
- Magen works to confront risks posed by alleged perpetrators within communities, by working with community leaders and members, as well as with law enforcement, to protect children to the greatest extent possible. Magen strives to uproot the status quo culture of “cover ups” and replace it with a culture of accountability. Concerns about alleged perpetrators can be reported to our hotline.