Thursday, July 15, 2010

Important News From Monsey

A Guest Post By E. Fink

One bit of news from Monsey NY (where I am visiting for part of the summer):

A Rebbe Was Fired For Molesting a 5 Year Old Boy

This has been briefly mentioned on a couple other blogs and in the comments elsewhere. I want to publicize the swift action taken by one school (email me if you want to know which school) to fire a 70 year old rebbe who was busted for sexual abuse. He was fired after the hanhala verified the story and approached him. He eventually admitted the abuse and was given the boot immediately. Authorities were notified as well.

He is the second rebbe in as many years to be fired for a sex abuse offense at this yeshiva.

Some of the reasons I think this is important to publicize are:
  • People (victims) should know that their accusations are not going unheard. There are some schools where the hanhala is doing the right thing. This would increase the likelihood a victim will speak up.
  • Other schools should know that their competitors are weeding out the sickos and if they don't follow suit, they will be less desirable institutions.
  • Authorities and whistle-blowers will begin to try to work with our yeshivos instead of fighting them.

I am sure there are more. These are just off the top of my head.

(HT: Everyone in Monsey)

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