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According to JWF, for many survivors this may be the first time they feel they have received emotional acknowledgement or validation of their experiences.
Yeshiva University has terminated Akiva Roth, 42, after past sexual misconduct came to light, officials said Friday.. The university admitted that it had “erred”...
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.
When it comes to victims of abuse the overriding approach should be one of compassion and understanding. But school officials' mishandling of a situation should not automatically result in termination.
The principal of a Jewish school in Paris was indicted for failing to report the sexual abuse of minors. The television network RILL reported that...
The former principal of a Jewish high school in Brooklyn was convicted on 75 counts of sexual abuse against three boys.
What can a yeshiva do to institute practices that will help prevent any form of abuse? Our community has become a focal point of scrutiny for not responding with greater fervor to the allegations and occurrence of sexual abuse. Not only does this create pain and suffering for victims and their families, it greatly undermines the very institutions built to help protect them. Yeshivas are bedrocks of our community, not only for education but also as a safe harbor for our children.
Ten years ago, If you had asked a victim of sexual abuse what he or she wanted most, the answer would have been, “I want my abuser to apologize, to acknowledge that it was his fault and not mine.” Today, if asked that same question, the victim would speak of prosecution and justice.
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