Dina* is a 21 year-old with her whole life ahead of her. After high school, she studied abroad in Israel where she hoped to find answers to her questions about religion and herself. However, after she returned home, her family and friends noticed that Dina was not the same bubbly and optimistic person they knew and loved. She was set to start college and a part time job in the fall; but over the summer, Dina stopped answering calls from friends, began avoiding family events, and quit her summer job after only a week.
She was dressing differently, hanging out with a new crowd and exhibiting concerning behaviors such as drinking and cursing. Dina’s parents reached out to some friends who told them about an Amudim PSA video they had seen. Hoping that Amudim could help, Dina’s parents called and were connected with a case manager, who did a full intake of Dina’s history. The case manager noted that something traumatic might have occurred in Israel. The parents encouraged Dina to see a therapist based on Amudim’s research and recommendation; she hesitantly agreed and gave her parents’ permission to discuss her sessions with her therapist.
Unfortunately, Dina’s parents soon found out that she had been sexually abused by a Shabbat host’s relative in Israel, who continued to harass her for months. Because she told her seminary teachers what had occurred and there was no active response, Dina felt worthless and that no one would ever believe her story.
Fast forward to today. Amudim’s case manager is in touch with Dina and her family; Dina is regularly seeing her therapist as well as attending individual and group counseling at an outpatient facility. She is proud to be attending an Ivy League university this year, and says that she could not have reached the healthy place she is in today without the support of her case manager and her family. Dina has asked Amudim to stay in touch to assist with her continuing treatment as she embarks on this next stage.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.