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Abuse in Jewish Religion

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Latest News about Child Sexual Abuse in Orthodox Jewish Community

Orthodox Jewish communities have been roiled by allegations of child sexual abuse in recent years both here and overseas. Evidence has pointed to a widespread pattern of behavior in which Orthodox Jewish leaders, including rabbis, have obstructed efforts to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to the attention of secular authorities. Child sexual abusers within the Jewish Orthodox community have been allowed to continue their predatory behavior unchecked because of this obstruction. No one knows how many Jewish Orthodox children have been victimized because of the sexual abuse cover-ups perpetuated by community leaders.

The personal injury lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating the child sexual abuse epidemic within the Jewish Orthodox community, and we intend to make sure those community leaders who allowed such crimes to go unpunished are held accountable. We are currently offering free and confidential lawsuit consultations to Jewish Orthodox sexual abuse victims. If you or a loved one were betrayed by a leader in the Jewish Orthodox community and you want justice, we urge you to contact one of our experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers today.

Jewish Orthodox Sexual Abuse Cover-ups

Child sexual abuse can occur in any community. But when a community's leaders allow it to go unpunished, and even worse, pressure victims and their families into staying silent, sexual predators are given a free hand to exploit children as they wish. Sadly, that appears to be what has happened in some Orthodox Jewish communities in the U.S. and abroad.

According to a July 2011 report from the New York Post, sexual abuse victims in some of New York's Orthodox Jewish communities have been routinely discouraged by rabbis from making reports to criminal authorities. "There are prohibitions and a psychological fear about saying bad things about people or talking about negative things that bring shame,” Long Island psychologist Michael Salamon, author of a book about abuse in the Orthodox community, told the Post.

That JTA News Service reported that same month that Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, the vice-president of Agudath Israel of America's Supreme Council of Rabbinic Sages, insisted in a speech in Flatbush, Brooklyn that the sexual abuse of a child should be reported to a rabbi, who would then determine if the police should be called. The misguided speech occurred on July 12, the same day members of the New York Jewish Orthodox community were frantically searching for 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, whose dismembered body was found the following day in a dumpster and in the apartment of Levi Aron, a suspected child predator.

It is also becoming more apparent that the conspiracy of silence regarding child sexual abuse is not limited to one, or even a few, Jewish Orthodox communities. There have been reports of similar pressure being heaped on child sexual abuse victims and their families in Orthodox communities as far away as Australia. In that country, a scandal involving alleged widespread abuse at Yeshivah College prompted police to write students, imploring victims to come forward. Apparently, officials at the college did not report the crimes of Jewish studies teacher David Kramer, who fled Australia in the early 1990s after parents complained he had sexually abused boys. Kramer went on to offend in the U.S., sodomizing a 12-year-old boy while conducting a youth program at a St Louis synagogue. Parents in Australia have said their children were threatened with being thrown out of Yeshivah College if they reported Kramer’s conduct to secular authorities.

Jewish Orthodox Sexual Abuse Victims-Legal Help

If you or your child were victims of sexual abuse in the Jewish Orthodox community, and were further betrayed by your leaders and pressured into staying silent, there is still time for you to obtain justice. To learn how our personal injury lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.


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American Educator-Activist Speaks on Abuse Epidemic in Orthodox Jewish Community

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An American educator and activist says the Jewish community is experiencing a "rampant epidemic" of rabbis who sexually abuse children. Elana Sztokman, former executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said, "We have a epidemic of abuse and it is rampant in the Jewish community," according to the Jewish Chronicle ( Sztokman said the conviction of Todros Grynhaus in Manchester, England, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison for abusing two teenage girls, was the...

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An ultra-orthodox rabbi who runs seminaries for girls in Israel has committed sexual assault, a federal lawsuit alleges. According to the Chicago Tribune, the allegations against Rabbi Elimelech Meisels have been brought up in the past before rabbinical courts (called beis din) in Chicago and Israel; the courts came to different conclusions. Due to the allegations of sexual assault, the parents of girls have filed a lawsuit demanding their tuition money back. For a decade, the rabbi recruited...

Court to Consider Reinstating Lawsuit Alleging Yeshiva High School Covered Up Sexual Abuse by Rabbis

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Thirty-four former students of Yeshiva University High School for Boys allege that the school placed them in danger by covering up sexual abuse by rabbis. This lawsuit was previously dismissed due to a ruling over statute of limitations, but the New York Times reports that attorneys for the former students are looking to reinstate the case and hold Yeshiva accountable for abuse that occurred between the 1970s and the early 1990s. In January, federal judge John G. Koeltl dismissed the case,...

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Angry Over Lack of Reform in Haisidic Community, Advocates for Child Sexual Abuse Victims Refuse to Meet with Brooklyn DA

Sep 6, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
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