In wake of Jewish Week story, social service agency shared confidential files about abuse case with outsiders.
Special To The Jewish Week
In the wake of a Jewish Week story questioning the practice of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services in reporting suspected cases of sexual abuse, the Brooklyn-based social service agency has launched a campaign to clear its name. But while supporters and some former critics of the institution say the effort has proved Ohel acted correctly in the disputed case, others maintain that the promotional effort itself is raising serious ethical, if not legal questions about the agency’s conduct.
The Jewish Week finds itself, unfortunately, in a war of words with Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services.
To be clear: we have no animus toward the Brooklyn-based social service agency or any other Jewish organization; our mission and goal is to report the truth and inform and strengthen the Jewish community. Sometimes that makes for hard feelings.
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Responding to a front-page Jewish Week investigation last week (“Abuse Case Tests Ohel’s Adherence To Reporting Laws”) detailing the case of a mother who was believed to be sexually abusing her 5-year-old son, but whose case was never reported to secular authorities by the Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, the agency placed a full-page ad in this week’s paper, accusing The Jewish Week of bias.
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