"The outdoor physical environment is the focus of an analysis of an event of sexual violence against children, that occurred in a temporary settlement for Jewish immigrants from Ethiopia set in a rural area in Israel. The story begins when the local police station received a complaint that several young children were sexually abused during a period of several months by a group of adolescent boys. Both victims and aggressors live in the settlement. The complaint was not made by the childrens' parents, but by the social service agency responsible for the site. The first part of the presentation will introduce the event and the main actors taking part in it: The police, the social workers, the children, the adolescents, the parents and other people living in the neighborhood. The main part of the presentation will be devoted to the outdoor environment of the settlement that plays a very important part in the event. The layout of the site, the materials it consists of, its physical and geographical isolation, and its natural surroundings have substantial and symbolic roles in the story. "The scene of the crime", "community" and "mute subconscious contex" are some of the meanings of this environment with which the various actors cope, but of which they are sometimes unaware. We will analyse the way the relations with the physical environment reflect the social position, and the social feelings of marginality, social isolation and alienation that characterize the life of the settlement and its residents. We will conclude with recommendations for more awareness of the role that the physical environment plays in problematic social situations that are seemingly not directly connected to it. We will show the new possibilities for therapeutic social solutions that arise when the physical context of social problems is made explicit."