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Rabbinical Council of America Issues Guidelines on Sexual Abuse

Orthodox Jewish institutions have been stunned by charges and evidence of sexual abuse, particular concerning children. The organization of Orthodox rabbis – RCA – has issued guidelines to prevent abuse.
The Rabbinical Council of American has issued guidelines to prevent sexual abuse

The Rabbinical Council of American has issued guidelines to prevent sexual abuse

The Rabbinical Council of America, the main professional association for Modern Orthodox rabbis in the United States, — has put out a statement calling “upon all synagogues and schools to adopt policies geared towards preventing sexual abuse.”

Among the recommendations are training staff to prevent sexual abuse; using sex registries to warn communities when a convicted sex offender moves to town; running background checks on all employees; not allowing an adult and child to be alone together; and clarifying what kind of physical contact is unacceptable.

The RCA’s resolution on the guidelines acknowledged that “the Orthodox community has experienced cases of sexual abuse committed by rabbis, counselors, leaders, and other Jewish professionals [and that] such abuse causes immeasurable harm to the victims and can destroy lives.”

The organization of rabbis urged that current staff members as well as new employees undergo periodic retraining on preventing sexual abuse.

Concerning a sex registry it noted, “The entire community need not know about this person’s history, but the rabbi or principal and some professionals will be aware and will monitor the person’s compliance with specially instituted safeguards.”

When there is a need for a private conversation, the RCA suggested that it take place in a situation where others can easily see what is happening.

It added that physical contact between an adult and a child could state that “high fives” or  a pat on the shoulder are acceptable but that “wrestling, kissing, or sitting on laps are not.“

The Rabbinical Council warned that safety for children should be promoted but that there should not be an atmosphere in which “any adult who smiles at a child is immediately accused of sexual abuse.”

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3 Responses to “Rabbinical Council of America Issues Guidelines on Sexual Abuse”

  1. only high five is acceptable other touching must be assault as we are all invidual look at the muslims who hug twice and do the damage unfold so let all be as fresh as the god had made them the day were born.

  2. Ch Hoffman says:

    Fine collection of platitudes.

    And, at some point, they need to denounce the positions taken by YU Rosh Yeshivah.
    http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2013/03/yu-rabbi-says-he-didnt-try-to-stop-child-sexd-abuse-at-yus-high-school-because-he-could-not-be-sure-raglayim-l-davar-567.html

    listen to his rationalization for not reporting abuse and find some RCA members to denounce it.

  3. The Rabbinical Council should in general be commended for trying to set a moral tone.

    But in this area, these steps are not enough. There are Halachic issues that need to be addressed. Is it mandatory by Jewish law for all to follow the mandatory reporting of civil law? Or does the historic situation of the Jewish gettoes where denunciation by any to the civil authorities was both forbidden and sure to have an unjust outcome to be still relevant now?

    It seems there is much greater harm to the victims than to those accused in this equation. These people need the help of a favorable ruling.

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