Call For Apology As Rabbi Manis Friedman Likens Child Sex Abuse To 'Diarrhoea'

By Chip Le Grand (The Australian)
February 1, 2013

A leading figure within the ultra-orthodox Jewish movement that governs yeshiva colleges in Australia has ridiculed victims of sex abuse, likening the impact of child molestation to the "embarrassment" of diarrhoea and insisting victims are "not that damaged".

The comments by Rabbi Manis Friedman, a prominent New York-based leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, were condemned by Sydney Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, as an attempt to "theologically trivialise" the impact of child sex abuse.