Letter to the Editor - June 23, 2010, The Jewish Star

Not Enough

To the Editor:

Kudos to Rabbi Aaron Kotler for his letter condemning “intimidation in any form or format” of those who report childhood sexual abuse to the police (Letters to the Editor; July 16, 2010). However, absent a formal pronouncement from BMG’s rabbinic leadership – to wit, Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon and Rabbi Malkiel Kotler – that all incidences of childhood sexual abuse must be reported directly to the police, Aaron’s letter does little to deal with a devastating problem in Lakewood’s yeshiva community.

Ben Hirsch
Brooklyn, NY

Ben Hirsch is president of SFJ (www.sfjny.org), an organization that advocates on behalf of victims of abuse.