Alleged victim of Chaim Walder dies in apparent suicide, days after he takes own life

A young woman who was allegedly a sexual victim of Haredi author Chaim Walder was found dead in Jerusalem today, apparently having taken her own life.

Walder, a popular ultra-Orthodox children’s author who was accused of sexually abusing women and children, was found dead in a Petah Tikva cemetery on Monday, and is believed to have killed himself.

Friends of the young woman say she had become distraught in recent days as some parts of the Haredi establishment feted him after his death.

Chaim Walder in 2011. (CC BY-SA Yoninah/Wikimedia Commons)

One friend wrote on social media that “she ended her life because her wounded soul could not stand the celebrations that were held for him.”

The young woman was laid to rest a short time ago.

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