Ben Hirsch

Orthodox Patrol Group Urges 911 Call On Pedophiles

Flatbush Shomrim warns abusers, ‘If you don’t get help you will be caught.’

04/20/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Ramping up the fight against sexual abuse of children in Brooklyn’s Orthodox community, a volunteer patrol group is for the first time publicly advising the community to report suspected molesters to the police.
 
The group, Flatbush Shomrim, cited advice from rabbinic authorities in making the announcement.
 
“Report all suspicious activity to the police first by calling 911,” reads an April 15 statement by Shomrim that was posted on the website Yeshiva World News.
 

Shomrim founder Chaim Deutsch, second from right, meets with patrol volunteers in a recent photo distributed by the group.

New State Funding For Sex Abuse Awareness

Gov. Paterson reportedly approves $500,000 to fight problem; abuse advocates raise questions.

03/05/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

In the days before Gov. David Paterson’s already-embattled administration began to implode in an alleged cover-up scandal involving a top aide, Paterson reportedly agreed to allocate $500,000 to help identify and treat sex abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community, The Jewish Week has learned.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind: “Major campaign” to fight child sexual abuse.

New State Funding For Sex Abuse Awareness

Gov. Paterson reportedly approves $500,000 to fight problem; abuse advocates raise questions.

03/02/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

In the days before Gov. David Paterson’s already-embattled administration began to implode in an alleged cover-up scandal involving a top aide, Paterson reportedly agreed to allocate $500,000 to help identify and treat sex abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community, The Jewish Week has learned.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind: “Major campaign” to fight child sexual abuse.

Judge: Orthodox Protect Abusers, Not Victims

10/06/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
At the sentencing last week of a bar mitzvah tutor and social worker convicted of sexually molesting two boys in Brooklyn, a New York State Supreme Court judge lashed out at the offender’s Orthodox community for “a communal attitude that seems to impose greater opprobrium on the victims than the perpetrator.” With his stinging critique, Judge Gustin Reichbach placed himself at the center of a fierce debate in the Orthodox community over how best to police the problem of pedophilia.

BREAKING: Judge Lashes Out At Orthodox Community In Sex-Abuse Case; Says It Protects Abusers, Not Victims

10/02/2009

Special to the Jewish Week
At the sentencing Tuesday of a bar mitzvah tutor and social worker convicted of sexually molesting two boys in Brooklyn, a New York State Supreme Court Judge lashed out at the offender's Orthodox community for "a communal attitude that seems to impose greater opprobrium on the victims than the perpetrator." With his stinging critique, Judge Guston Reichbach placed himself at the center of a fierce debate in the Orthodox community over how best to police the problem of pedophilia.
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