Israel: Author of children's book accused of sexual abuse

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in the coastal city of Netanya, Israel, on September 14, 2021.
JACK GUEZ / AFPUltra-Orthodox Jewish women in the coastal city of Netanya, Israel, on September 14, 2021.

Walder’s attorneys stated that he 'denies with disgust any allegation of misconduct on his part'

An ultra-Orthodox children's book author was accused of sexual abuse and rape by several women, who alleged that they were minors at the time of the sexual encounters. 

Chaim Walder - celebrated author of the popular children's book ‘Kids Speak: Children Talk About Themselves’ - allegedly engaged in sex with two girls aged 12 and 15 at the time, according to an investigation by Haaretz.

Walder, who is a well-known therapist and children’s advocate in the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel, is also a recipient of the Prime Minister’s “protector of the child” award.

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A third testimony also accused the prominent talk show host of regularly raping a 20-year-old woman, who was his patient at the time.

One alleged victim claimed, the investigation reported, that Walder initiated a relationship with her at the age of 13 before exploiting her in a series of sexual encounters.

“He is very smart and manipulative,” the supposed victim told Haaretz.

She added, "He said he was God... and that he would help me with what I needed. It started with sentences like 'You're very mature’ and 'I like the way you look."

Another woman claimed that, when she went to Walder for therapy, he justified his actions by telling her the sexual encounters gave him the power to write to the children of Israel. 

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Walder’s attorneys stated that he “denies with disgust any allegation of misconduct on his part,” Haaretz reported.

“These are false allegations based on a blatant lie… [Walder] works to promote, nurture, and protect the welfare of children,” the statement added.

Israel's police stated that they opened an investigation into the allegations.