In the Jewish community it helped that I was Jewish, that I had done NCSY [an Orthodox youth group], that I had gone to Maimonedes, that I go to shul, that I am Orthodox. It brought it home to them that it does actually happen in the Jewish community. When we'd do the mother-daughter groups in shuls, the Jewish mothers would be in awe that a Jewish girl was talking about this. They'd be whispering, 'this happened to my niece.' The way the disclosures came in was very secretive. They'd take me into the corner and say, 'I have to talk quietly; no one can hear me.' It was extremely closed-door. It was not talked about; it was not okay to bring it up. So that was very impactful—to tell my story. That opened up a lot more."
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