On several residential blocks of one- and two-family brick homes, almost every front door has a mezuzah. Modestly dressed women push strollers, while girls in dresses and boys in tzitzit and yarmulkes play on the sidewalks. Sixteenth Avenue, one of the main drags, is lined with religious study centers and yeshivot, a Jewish high school for girls, small synagogues and Judaica stores. And in the middle of it all is an agency that runs a treatment program for Orthodox Jewish pedophiles. For years, most people in the Orthodox world assumed their religious way of life and tight-knit communities insulated them from problems rocking the larger world, like sexual abuse.
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Rhonnie Jaus, the chief of the Brooklyn sex crimes bureau, said her staff was working to overcome the particular reluctance of Orthodox victims to contact the authorities. In two recent cases, a rabbi and the principal at a yeshiva encouraged victims to call her office. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an Orthodox Jew who represents the predominantly Orthodox community of Borough Park and who has talked about the sex abuse within the community, has also referred victims to the office, Ms. Jaus said.
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W hen Mordechai discovered his mentally disabled child was being molested, he reported the crime to the police. A local man was arrested and charged with repeatedly raping the boy in their synagogue's ritual bath. When news of the arrest got back to their Brooklyn community, the neighbours launched a hate campaign. But the object of their anger wasn't the alleged perpetrator, Meir Dascalowitz, it was the abused boy's father. For the last two years, Mordechai says he's been hounded by his community.
I believe Sexual Abuse should only be dealt with by law enforcement. Unless they want to add a jail house to their community and have a qualified sheriff or equivalent to over see things. But oftentimes it takes seriously trained personnel to be able to get to the bottom of cases like this. But there needs to be a zero tolerance approach to crimes of this sort. Regardless of religious affiliations.