Demands Apology

To the Editor:

While it's always good to hear the message that all incidences of childhood sexual abuse be reported directly to the police, I respectfully suggest Ohel is not the appropriate organization to be sending it. Sadly, Ohel's history with this issue is troubling. For years they counseled unreported sexual predators and essentially institutionalized the practice of rabbinical cover-up of childhood sexual abuse with their ineffective "carrot and stick" approach. Many of these unreported pedophiles went on to abuse more innocent children. Ohel owes the Charedi community a public apology for the damage it caused and the decency to stay away from this issue.

Ben Hirsch
Brooklyn

The writer is president of Survivors for Justice, an organization that advocates on behalf of victims of abuse within the charedi community.