The role of the mikvah attendant in Israel has undergone a transformation in recent years. As an active advocate for women’s health, the Hadassah Medical Center partnered with the Jerusalem-based Eden Center to offer special training that enables the attendants to identify medical problems and possible abuse.
As Dr. Dvora Bauman (pictured above), a senior obstetrician/gynecologist at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and Director of its Bat-Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse, explains, if an attendant sees a bruise or other signs of trauma on a woman’s body, “it’s time to gently ask, ‘Has anyone hurt you?’ It may be the only time a woman will disclose these things.”
Read more in The New York Jewish Week.
Listen to Dr. Bauman’s podcast about sexual abuse.
Here are the links:
The Jewish Week: https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/has-anyone-hurt-you/
Dr. Bauman’s podcast: http://radiomd.com/audio-player/hadassah/item/37785-sexual-