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Dassi Erlich: In Bad Faith


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Dassi Erlich shares a powerful story of survival at her first public Melbourne appearance.

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About the Event

‘Owning my story has been a vital part of my journey…I hope it will resonate with those who are struggling to come to terms with their own trauma.’ – Dassi Erlich

Dassi Erlich and her sisters, Elly Sapper and Nicole Meyer, grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. As young women, the three sisters accused their high school principal, Malka Leifer, of sexual abuse spanning their teenage years. In 2023, after 15 years of tireless campaigning, attempts by Leifer to escape justice by fleeing to Israel, and extradition orders, a Melbourne jury found Leifer guilty.

At this exclusive Melbourne event, Dassi Erlich will discuss her new memoir, In Bad Faith, and its honest reckoning with secrecy and power. She’ll share her experience at the centre of the high-profile trial, and the cost and urgency of seeking justice for herself and for other sexual abuse survivors.

Featuring an introduction by the memoir’s co-author, journalist Ellen Whinnett, this event is hosted by award-winning journalist and author Sarah Krasnostein, who reported on the trial of Leifer.

Unfortunately, Sarah Krasnostein will no longer be appearing at this event.



Please note this event may include references to sexual abuse and assault.

If you need assistance with any of these issues, you can learn more and seek advice via the below resources.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36

Headspace: 1800 650 890

Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 1800 806 292


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About the Book

The bookseller for this event is the Sun Bookshop.



Dassi Erlich

Dassi Erlich is a high-profile lobbyist, justice campaigner and advocate for sexual abuse survivors. Given the hardships she has faced, her trajectory is extraordinary. In Bad Faith is Dassi’s powerful memoir.

Ellen Whinnett

Ellen Whinnett is The Australian’s associate editor. She is a dual Walkley Award-winning journalist and best-selling author, with a specific interest in national security, investigations and features. She is a former political editor and foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 35... Read more


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