Focusing A Light On Abuse

By: Dr. Michael J. Salamon. Published in the Jewish Press. March 3 marked a turning point. On that day, Newsweek magazine published an article titled Child Abuse Allegations Plague the Hasidic community. (True, there have been other articles in major media outlets about abuse in Orthodox communities but this is the first time the problem […]

Eitz Chaim didn’t report teacher sexual assault allegations, say police

Staff at a group of Jewish private schools in Toronto did not notify authorities of allegations of sexual assaults dating back to the 80s, police say after an investigation that has now led to sexual assault charges being laid against a 55-year-old former Toronto elementary school teacher . Stephen Schacter is now facing gross indecency, sexual assault and exploitation charges that […]

Former teacher facing new sex assault charges

CJN Reports: Stephen Joseph Schacter, a former teacher at two Toronto-area Jewish day schools, was re-arrested this week in connection with several new sexual offences. Schacter, 55, was charged with one count of gross indecency, one count of sexual interference, one count of sexual exploitation and two counts of sexual assault. Police say the charges date […]

Former Toronto Day School Head Arrested On Child Porn Charges In California

Canadian Jews News Reports The one-time director of Leo Baeck School in Toronto was arrested in California earlier this month on child pornography charges. David Prashker, 60, was charged Feb. 22 with possession and distribution of child pornography and attempting to destroy evidence. Prashker served as director of Leo Baeck School from 2004 to 2008, […]

Pomona Resident Arrested For Sexual Abuse Of Child

NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Joseph A. Tripodo, Troop F Commander Pomona Resident Arrested For Sexual Abuse Of Child On January 26, 2016 the New York State Police in Haverstraw arrested YEHOSHUA NACHISON, age 32, of Pomona for subjecting a female child to sexual contact.  Nachison inappropriately fondled the child while she was visiting his residence […]

‘Hold court hearings in Leifer’s home’

Jewish News reports: Israeli judges are being urged to kickstart proceedings to extradite alleged sexual abuser Malka Leifer to Australia by setting up a courtroom in her home. Australian authorities are attempting to bring the former head teacher of the Adass Israel School back to the country to face charges of assaulting a number of […]

New Jersey Rabbi Now Behind Bars for Child Sexual Abuse

Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, former director of Chai Central Hebrew School in East Brunswick, New Jeresey, was sent to serve his sentence for indecent assault today at the Pike County Correctional Facility in Lords Valley, Pennsylvania. Goodman, 33, was convicted in October 2015 on two counts of indecent assault of a child under the age of […]

Convicted Pedophile Mendel Tevel Released from Jail

Menachem Tewel, 32, commonly known as Mendel Tevel, was released from prison today on good behavior after serving less than seven months of a one year sentence. Tevel was arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif. and extradited to Brooklyn, New York in October 2013 after a warrant was issued for his arrest for several counts of […]

Israeli Rabbi Indicted for Indecent Acts Against Boys

Rabbi Avraham Shemesh, a teacher in a Haredi school in Ashdod, allegedly fondled 13- and 14-year-old boys’ genitals. Haaretz.com Reports: The Southern District Prosecutor’s Office served an indictment on Monday in the Be’er Sheva District Court against Rabbi Avraham Shemesh, a teacher in an ultra-Orthodox school in Ashdod, for committing indecent acts against three of […]

Israeli Filmmaker Helps Fellow Abuse Victims With Online ‘Toolkit’

Director and actress Noa Maiman was repeatedly sexually abused as a youth. Now, her online series – ‘Toolkit for Rape Recovery’ – offers advice to those who have suffered through similar experiences. Haarezt.com reports: Casually dressed, with no obvious makeup or styling, Noa Maiman looks straight into the camera.  Her eyes sad, her tone soft […]

Israel unable to extradite Australian educator wanted for sex abuse

Victims complain that court unable to advance proceedings against Malka Leifer, wanted for 74 counts of indecent acts and abuse at Jewish school, because of psychotic episodes Times of Israel reports. For more than a year, the State Attorney’s Office has been trying without success to extradite an ultra-Orthodox woman who is wanted in Australia […]

New law allows expert testimony about delayed reporting of sex abuse

lehighvalleylive.com reports: It isn’t easy for prosecutors to explain why child victims of sexual abuse sometimes don’t report the crime for months or even years. Some victims wait for years after the abuse ends before finally revealing to a family member or authority figure what happened. Now for the first time in more than 20 […]

Judges reject molester’s claims plea was forced

Asbury Park Press reports: TOMS RIVER – A former Orthodox Jewish camp counselor from Lakewood will remain in state prison after judges rejected his claims that he was coerced by his religious community to falsely admit he molested a youngster in his charge. A two-judge panel on Wednesday refused to allow Yosef Kolko to take back […]

Rabbi Sentenced To 8 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of 15-Year-Old Boy

DNAINFO reports: CHICAGO — Ex-rabbi Aryeh “Larry” Dudovitz was sentenced to eight years in prison  for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy who was a member of his synagogue after celebrating a religious holiday nearly a decade ago. The sentence was handed down Wednesday by Judge Evelyn Clay, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s […]

Children Who Experience Early Childhood Trauma Do Not ‘Just Get Over It’

Republished from socialworkhelper.com Humans are relatively adaptable beings which is why we are thriving and not dying out like other species. Horrendous disasters such as the Philippines typhoon, the Boxing Day Tsunami, the nuclear disaster in Japan, the major wars of our time, and horrific famines see great suffering, but these events also inspires survival […]

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Mandated Reporters: If you suspect abuse, report it

Republished from Stop Abuse Campaign Suspect abuse? Report it. If not because it’s the right thing to do, then at least for the direct consequences that may come your way if you don’t. Consider this as told by WCTV Eyewitness news in Florida:   “A Tallahassee teacher has been found guilty of not reporting child […]