Who gave you permission? The memoir of a child sexual-abuse survivor who fought back

Who gave you permission? The memoir of a child sexual-abuse survivor who fought back

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A memoir of a child sexual-abuse survivor who fought back.

Manny Waks was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, the second oldest of 17 children. As an adolescent he was sexually abused at the religious school across the road from where he lived. Betrayed by those he trusted, Manny rebelled against his way of life, though he later went on to become a prominent Jewish community leader.

In mid-2011 Manny went public about his experiences 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. Although he has been forced to leave Australia, Manny continues to advocate for survivors and hold those in power to account.

This is the story of a man who shattered a powerful code of silence, the battles he has fought, the vindication he has earned, and the extraordinary toll it has taken on his personal life and that of his loved ones.

It is also the raw self-portrait of a man on a mission, trying to live his life. Manny's journey reminds us of the difference one man can make, and the price he has to pay.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 34mm | 486g
  • Carlton North, Australia
  • English
  • 1925321622
  • 9781925321623
  • 41,348

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"A gripping narrative of exceptional power."
--Alan Gold, J-Wire

"Absorbing...Waks tells how he became a "reluctant troublemaker", speaking out on behalf of those who fear to do so, and of the renewed sense of purpose this role has given him."
--Fiona Capp, The Age

"A forthright and compelling narrative...Who Gave You Permission? is particularly recommended for parents, teachers, and others entrusted with the care of children, and for all people committed to ending the societal scourge of child sexual abuse. It will also give strength and hope to victims and survivors."
--Anne Webb, +61
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About Manny Waks

Manny Waks was raised in Melbourne, the second oldest of 17 children in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. In 2011, Manny publicly disclosed his personal experiences of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community and undertook extensive work as a victim advocate, culminating in a royal commission public hearing into Australian Jewish institutions.

Michael Visontay is a journalist and former senior editor at the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is currently editor of the magazine Australian Author.
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