Suspicion: Rabbi neglected to report sexual assault

Chairman of Council for the Child requests Jerusalem District Prosecution to invetigate rabbi who allegedly kept quiet on sexual assault of 14-year-old girl

The chairman of the Council for the Child, Dr. Yitzhak Kadman, requested the Jerusalem District Prosecution to order that a rabbi who has allegedly kept quite on the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl be investigated.


Last weekend, the Jerusalem District Court sentenced a haredi man, accused of assaulting his 14-year-old sister-in-law, to five and a half years in prison.


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The court noted that the defendant had used sensitive circumstances his wife's younger sister was under to sexually assault her.


According to the judges, the rabbi, who counsels families and was helping the family through the incident, knew about the assault but did not report it to authorities.


The rabbi said he scolded the man.


The judges added that the rabbi is a mandated reporter, and therefore should not have kept silent.


In his letter to the prosecution, Kadman demanded that an investigation be launched against the rabbi "for suspicion of neglecting to report sexual abuse." If the rabbi is not questioned, Kadman noted, "it might send a dangerous message to mandated reporters.


The Jerusalem District Prosecution stated that it would address Kedman's claims according to protocol.


Omri Efraim contributed to this report



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פרסום ראשון: 10.15.13, 22:47
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