The longstanding effort to increase awareness of sexual abuse in the Orthodox community received a major boost this week. Hundreds of Israeli social workers, therapists, rabbis, community leaders and teachers met at a conference in Jerusalem to discuss how to prevent and deal with sexual abuse and domestic violence — topics that too often have been avoided rather than confronted. Participants described it as a landmark event.
Cultural change needed, as denial and inaction still prevalent, experts insist at synagogue forum.
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David Cheifetz, describing himself as the name and face of countless nameless and faceless victims of sexual abuse as a child, told a hushed audience of about 200 people on Sunday night that “we [the Orthodox community] need to change our culture” from denial and avoidance to recognition of the dangers of molestation and “show support for victims and their families.”
Rabbi Gary Lieberman sexually abused a 10-year-old student at Hebrew Academy of Nassau County when he was a teacher there, police said Friday.
The abuse allegedly took place at the yeshiva's lower school campus in West Hempstead between between November, 2009 and May 2010. The rabbi, who lives in Far Rockaway, was fires from the yeshiva for unspecified reasons in the summer of 2010.
(JTA) -- Yeshiva University terminated Akiva Roth, a recently hired teacher, after his past sexual misconduct came to light.
Roth, 42, who started as a Hebrew teacher this term at Yeshiva College, had pleaded guilty to four counts of abuse against boys he tutored for their bar mitzvahs in 1997. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation.
On eve of primary, Kellner's attorneys say Brooklyn DA is engaging in ‘blatant strategy of delay.’
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Lawyers for chasidic whistleblower Sam Kellner have accused the Brooklyn district attorney of engaging in a “blatant strategy of delay” to avoid exposing the “utter shamefulness” of their client’s prosecution ... to the electorate” in advance of this Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
The charges were leveled at Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who is running for election to a seventh term, in a letter from Kellner’s attorneys to Brooklyn Supreme Court judge Ann M. Donnelly after they learned that prosecutors had, without notifying them, obtained from the judge an additional two weeks to respond to a defense motion to dismiss charges against their client “in the interests of justice.” The response had been due on Sept. 3, before the Sept. 10 primary, and must now be filed by Sept. 17.
Independent report cites ‘multiple instances’ of abuse, not just at YU high school; ‘significant improvement’ since 2001.
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Yeshiva University President Richard Joel expressed “profound shame and sadness” over the findings of an independent report commissioned by the university to investigate allegations of abuse at its boys high school, and other affiliated schools. Issued on Monday, the report found that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at the boys school” and other YU schools during the last decades of the 20th century.
Sam Kellner’s ordeal with the Brooklyn DA continues, as prosecutors investigate his accusers.
On Monday, a Brooklyn judge for the second time postponed the start of chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner’s trial. The move, which effectively delays the trial until after the Democratic primaries in which Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is seeking re-election, came in response to a request from prosecutors to continue an investigation that court documents show they began 10 months ago but did not disclose to Kellner’s attorneys until the eve of his first trial date, July 8. Kellner’s attorneys filed a new motion on July 26 to dismiss several of the charges.