Manny Waks was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family the second oldest of 17. As an adolescent he was sexually abused at his religious school. In mid-2011 Manny went public about his experiences, seeking to bring justice to the abusers and those who covered up their crimes. For his courage in speaking out, Manny and his family were intimidated and shunned by their community and he was forced to leave Australia. Manny continues to advocate for survivors and to hold those in power to account. His pursuit of perpetrators led him to Crown Heights in Brooklyn and to Los Angeles, where he tracked down one of the Australian abusers and alerted the local Jewish communities to the international dimensions of the child sexual-abuse problem. Back in Australia, Manny was eventually vindicated by a royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse. Many of his attackers lost their positions of power and influence. This is the story of a man who shattered a powerful code of silence.
Who Gave You Permission?: The Memoir of a Child Sexual-Abuse Survivor Who Fought Back
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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