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  • In Bad Faith

  • Inside a Secret Ultra-Orthodox Sect and the Brutal Betrayal It Tried to Hide
  • By: Dassi Erlich
  • Narrated by: Dassi Erlich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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In Bad Faith

By: Dassi Erlich
Narrated by: Dassi Erlich
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This powerful memoir gives extraordinary insight into a secretive sect, and the horror Dassi Erlich had to survive. Dassi's resilience and fight for justice is inspiring.

As a young girl growing up in a strict ultra-Orthodox family, Dassi's life was preordained - marry young, live a devout life and raise children within the Adass community's religious rules. This righteous path would keep her safe from the immodest, secular world just a few blocks away in suburban Melbourne.

But the Adass community was not safe for Dassi.

She was fifteen when her revered school principal, Malka Leifer, started to single her out. Dassi's cloistered and harsh upbringing meant she didn't have the words for what was happening to her, but she knew it was very, very wrong. It would take her years to break free of the secrecy which pervaded the community and tell the police of her betrayal. And only then would she find out others, including two of her sisters, had also been abused, and would learn some in the Adass community had helped Leifer flee to Israel. With the only world she knew crumbling around her, Dassi found the strength to fight, leading a brave fifteen-year campaign to bring Leifer back to face Australian courts.

This is Dassi's story.

'I am a sexual abuse survivor, but I am also more than a survivor. I will continue fighting for justice for all victims.'

©2024 Dassi Erlich (P)2024 Hachette Australia Audio

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Devastating and heart wrenching

What this woman and her family endured and survived through is beyond extraordinary. The ongoing cruelty and injustices and the way a young girl was so let down by those that are supposed to protect her. It’s clear some parts of the story had to be heavily summarised or glossed over either for legal reasons or as the author explains “to protect the reader” which is a shame but also perhaps we don’t need to make her explain the details and relive her trauma - it’s horrible enough as is

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Tragic but so important.

Dassi Erlich’s story is known to many people internationally . The legal processes and court cases against her abuser was prominent in the media , particularly in Israel and Australia.
In this audio book which she narrates herself very clearly the listener learns of her traumatic upbringing and abuse. I know some people have found her story disturbing. It is however factual and important. She has survived and thrived, and gives hope to those who have endured abuse and associated mental health challenges. She highlights the need to have support services to support vulnerable victims and people in isolated or cult like communities.
I listened comfortably with speed 1.5x

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Truth be Told

Only onwards and upwards for you and your sisters, Dassie. You are truly remarkable, this was riveting!

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Ground breaking

Powerful and poignant. I am astonished at the courage and strength of Dassi’s story. I was hooked from the first chapter. I can’t recommend this book more highly. 10/10

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A brave young lady

It saddens me that our justice system still protects perpetrators and not the victims. It’s upsetting that people who make major decisions are part of a tight knit community bound to protect their own. We need to stop the abuse. We need to listen to our children and we need a legal system that protects victim survivors. Dassi, stay strong, be courageous and never give up. ❤️

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Brilliantly written!

Didn’t want to put it down!
Life is unfairly way too tough for some children!

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The strength shown by Dassi and her sisters is phenomenal

Such openness and honesty about her experiences. An insight into such a secretive and powerful world. Dassi speaks honestly and with a rawness that reaches straight to your heart. Nobody should endure even a fraction of what Dassi and her sisters have endured

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Profound and moving

Dassi’s voice is powerful and courageous. One of the most influential books of our time.

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Honest, heartbreaking and inspiring

Was captivated listening to Dasi from the beginning. The story of Dasi and her sisters enduring such a sad childhood fraught with trauma and mistreatment by their parents, making them vulnerable to their predator head mistress was gut wrenching but also inspiring. The strength to speak out and to leave their community in search of the truth was very inspiring. I hope this story will help others be as brave to speak out against such abuse.

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Dassi’s incredible guts and resilience, impossible to stop listening!

A life-changing read. Dassi had the triple-whammy - life at home with a brutal, loveless and disordered mother, sustained abuse by a figure she was supposed to revere, and the stifling and rigid rules of the community. If it wasn’t true you’d hardly believe it. Everyone needs this book. As an aside, it is a compelling and skilfully-written listen.

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