sexual abuse

‘It’s Very Hard To Come Forward’

Experts say it can take years for abuse victims talk openly about their pasts.

03/28/2013
Staff Writer

Like David Cheifetz, many victims of abuse do not confront their past, or their abusers, for many years, or even decades, after the abuse took place, according to mental health professionals.

Wrong Message On Weberman Sentencing

In sentencing Nechemya Weberman to 103 years in jail last week for sexually abusing a young woman from the Satmar chasidic community, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram said he hoped to send a message “to all victims of sexual abuse that your cries will be heard and justice will be done.”

The Satmar sect, of which Necheyma Weberman is a member, mourn the death of their rabbi in 2006. Getty Images

Rabbi, Why Are the Classical Sources Quiet on Child Abuse?

01/18/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

A friend who read my article last week, on the subject of social and sexual pathologies in the Jewish community and the tendency to try and hide them, sent me an e-mail that could not conceal his frustration. Why is it, he asked, that given the rather brutal treatment that a number of children receive in the book of Genesis, the Torah itself does not address the issue of child abuse?

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Learning To Accept Our Ordinariness

01/10/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Tim Boxer At YU Convocation

12/21/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

As President Richard Joel bestowed honorary degrees at Yeshiva University’s 88th convocation last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, not a word was uttered about allegations of sexual abuse by two rabbis in the 1970s and ‘80s at its boys high school. That was the era of Rabbi Norman Lamm, the university’s third president.

In 2003 Joel succeeded Lamm who then became chancellor. Lamm, 84, was conspicuously absent from this convocation even though he participated every year.

Elie Wiesel Richard Joel and Jack Lew at the Yeshiva U. convocation. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

YU President Calls Abuse Allegations 'Reprehensible'

12/14/2012

The president of Yeshiva University said the school had a "zero tolerance" policy for sexual abuse and harassment following a lengthy investigation of past abuse allegations in the Forward.

President Richard Joel issued a statement Thursday following the publication of an article in the Forward newspaper which investigated claims, most of them more than two decades old, that two rabbis at the university's high school for boys were known for acts of inappropriate and sexual contact with students.

Richard Joel: Encourages calls about abuse to hotline.

UPDATED: Ex-Yeshiva Principal Yegutkin Convicted Of 75 Abuse Counts

12/03/2012

Emanuel Yegutkin, 33, the former principal of Elite High School in Bensonhurst, was convicted Monday morning of all 75 counts of charges that he sexually abused three boys over the course of a decade.

"This conviction is an example of my office's policy not to tolerate horrendous crimes that target children,"  said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes through a spokesman.

Convicted Of Soliciting A Minor, Rabbi Is Banned From Bethesda Synagogue

10/04/2012

 

 Rabbi David Kaye, who was convicted in 2006 for trying to sexually solicit a minor, was told he could no longer worship in a synagogue in suburban Washington.

The board of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md., notified congregants of the decision just before the High Holidays, the Washington Jewish Week reported Wednesday.

Boys Allegedly Sexually Abused At N.Y. Jewish Summer Camp

08/14/2012

New York State Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse by a truck driver making a delivery to a Jewish camp, The New York Post reported.

Surveillance video captured footage of a kosher-food truck driver entering bunks for seventh-and eighth-grade boys at Camp Shalva near South Fallsburg, N.Y., early on Aug. 8, according to the newspaper. The suspect is accused of molesting several of the campers.

Fallen Halos And The Perils Of Silence

I came across an upsetting story last week, the latest in a series of stories on an upsetting topic. Some respected community leaders were accused of molesting children. Their superiors failed to act on the accusations or go to the police. They feared the financial or public relations consequences. They did not limit the accused pedophile’s access to children. Trust us, the superiors cautioned.

I’ve read such stories far too often in recent years in connection with the Orthodox community, both the Modern Orthodox and so-called black hat sections.

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