Just over a week ago, we heard the very disturbing news that the well known and influential children’s author, Chaim Walder, was accused by multiple people of sexually abusing several girls between the ages of 13 and 20. Apart from his celebrity as an author, Walder has worked as a therapist, and is the founder of the Center for the Child and Family in Bnei Brak, a talk show host, and a columnist. After these allegations were published in Haaretz and other media outlets, his newspaper and radio station have discontinued working with him, while numerous stores have stopped selling all of his books.
Shana Aaronson, the executive director of Magen, had heard of these allegations before they became public, and Scott spoke with her both about the Chaim Walder situation, as well as about how parents can protect children from sexual abuse. They talked about what parents should and should not do, what are the yellow and red flags they should notice, and if they notice such warning signs, what they should do next.
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