#childabuse | Child abuse victim launches nation’s first think-tank to tackle extremism in Judaism and “isolation” within strictly Orthodox communities

A Jewish child abuse victim has warned that some strictly orthodox communities are so isolated, it feels like “being a refugee in your own country”, ahead of launching the UK’s first think-tank to tackle extremsm in Judaism.

Yehudis Fletcher, 32, was partly responsible for bringing the notorious paedophile, Todros Grynhaus, to justice. 

As a Jewish teacher and son of a rabbi, Grynhaus was a respected figure within the strictly orthodox Jewish, or ‘Charedi’ community within Salford, Greater Manchester. However in 2015 he was jailed for 13 years for molesting two teenage girls – one of whom was Ms Fletcher. 

Despite enduring sexual grooming, abuse and a lack of support from Manchester’s religious community, Ms Fletcher, a mother-of-three, has gone on to found Nahamu, the first think tank of its kind in the UK to research and support extremism within Judaism.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, ahead of its official launch at a north London address on Sunday evening, Ms Fletcher said: “Many people don’t understand the charedi community at all. 

“People who even have a concept of it, have either heard negative media coverage, seen some documentary and think it’s a cult community, or think ‘how quaint! people living their quiet lives’ and they fail to see us as individuals, so there’s real lack of understanding of what it’s like growing up within it. 

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