Who Gave You Permission?: The Memoir of a Child Sexual-Abuse Survivor Who Fought Back


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About the Author

Manny Waks was born in Israel but raised mostly in Melbourne, Australia. He was born into a Chabad (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) family, and is the second oldest of 17 siblings. At the age of 18 Manny returned to Israel where he voluntarily served in the Israel Defense Forces. He subsequently returned to Australia and obtained a degree in International Relations. He is the founder of Tzedek, an Australian-based support and advocacy group for Jewish victims/survivors of child sexual abuse, and Kol v'Oz, a global organization with the goal of preventing sexual abuse within the global Jewish community. He resides in Israel. Michael Visontay has worked for over 30 years as a journalist, author, and lecturer. A former assistant editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, he has ghost-written four books of memoir, including The Happiest Refugee and Undies to Equities: the remarkable life of Henri Aram.


"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