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The wall of shame saved my son's life

Posted on 8 May 2015

 

The wall of shame saved my son's life

Jewish Community Watch
3 May 2015

My story, unlike most others at JCW, has a happy ending.  This story ends happily for two reasons: The Grace of God and the existence of Jewish Community Watch.

Although I would find great satisfaction in naming names, I'm afraid it would distract from the point of sharing this. I'm going to tell my story in a generic fashion because my point here is to express to you through first-hand experience how JCW is saving lives and for you to better understand how a pedophile works in his efforts to victimize.  Without question, JCW saved the lives of my son and his friends.

To read this article, please click here.

 

Child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers

Posted on 14 April 2015

Child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers: A synthesis of current evidence

Executive Summary

The aim of this evidence review is to determine the efficacy of pre-school child sexual abuse prevention programs.

A literature search identified 113 potential articles: a review of abstracts and full text refined the list to a selection of 23 articles that were included in the present evidence review.

Child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers appear to be effective at increasing young children's ability to detect inappropriate touch requests, and increase their behavioural skills around what to do and say, who to tell and what to report if confronted by an inappropriate touch request.

Prevention programs for pre-schoolers are well received by parents and pre-school teachers, and appear not to have adverse effects (for example, increases in fear and anxiety) for pre-schoolers.

There is very limited evidence to suggest whether child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers have an effect on rates of disclosure of child sexual abuse.

Very few studies have evaluated the cost effectiveness of child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers.

Study limitations, including very small samples sizes, limit the generalisability of results. More methodologically rigorous studies using large, culturally diverse samples of pre-schoolers are required before strong conclusions can be made about the overall efficacy of child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers.

 

To download a pdf of the full report please go to http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/policy-and-research/published-research/child-sexual-abuse-prevention-programs-for-pre-sch

 

Royal Commission subpoenas Jewish organisations

Posted on 2 December 2014
Royal Commission subpoenas Jewish organisations

Royal Commission subpoenas Jewish organisations

The Australian Jewish News
Joshua Levi
2 December 2014

JEWISH organisations across Australia have been asked to provide documents to the federal governments Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Subpoenas have been sent to large organisations, such as Yeshiva in Sydney and Yeshivah in Melbourne, as well as specific people within organisations.

The subpoenas ask the individuals or organisation to provide any relevant information that the Royal Commission would need to uncover where systems have failed to protect children.

At this stage no one has been asked to appear in front of the Royal Commission, but after reviewing the information provided, the Royal Commission will have an option to hold public hearings.

Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia (ORA) president Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant told The AJN this does not appear to be targeted at individuals, but rather indiscriminately at organisations and institutions within the Jewish community.

"I believe that each organisation has been cooperative, and I have every confidence in the Royal Commission that they will conduct their investigations in a professional and appropriate manner," Rabbi Kluwgant said.

"I think this will be good for victims of child sexual abuse and good for the community at large."

The chairman of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan, said late last month that, from the material already gathered, it is apparent that the commission will have to document a period in Australian society when institutions failed the children in their care.

"We have gained an understanding of failures to protect children in residential facilities, schools including boarding schools, Christian churches of every character, Jewish organisations, kindergartens, after-school care, sporting organisations, dance classes, music organisations, scouts, hospitals and other institutions", Justice McClellan said.

To date three people have been found guilty of charges relating to child sexual abuse at Jewish institutions in Sydney and Melbourne during the 1980 and 90s.

Last year, a former teacher at Yeshivah College, Melbourne, David Kramer was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, with a non-parole period of 18 months, after pleading guilty to five counts of indecent assault and an indecent act with a child under the age of 16.

Kramer was released on September 29 and has been subsequently deported to the US.

A spokesperson for the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison confirmed that Kramer had been shipped off.

"The individual was removed from Australia to the United States of America in September," the spokesperson told The AJN.

Royal Commission subpoenas Jewish organisations | The Australian Jewish News

http://www.jewishnews.net.au/royal-commission-subpoenas-jewish-organisations/38698
 

Yeshivah College called to royal commission on child sexual abuse

Posted on 25 November 2014

Yeshivah College called to royal commission on child sexual abuse

The Age
Rachel Kleinman
25 November 2014

The Melbourne Orthodox Jewish school at the centre of a child sexual abuse scandal will become the focus of a royal commission hearing early next year.

Fairfax Media has learned that Yeshivah College's handling of the scandal, including an alleged cover-up, will be probed in a hearing scheduled for up to two-weeks in Melbourne in February.

Further painful revelations about the cases of historical abuse at Yeshivah are likely and senior members of the Jewish orthodox community will be called to give evidence, as will victims of sexual abuse.

In 2013, David Kramer, a former teacher at Yeshivah College, Melbourne, was jailed after pleading guilty to molesting four students between 1989 and 1992. Fairfax Media has also learned that Kramer was deported from Australia on September 29. Kramer holds both US and Israeli passports it is not known which country he was deported to.

Following a separate court case, David Samuel Cyprys, a former school employee, was jailed for raping a 15-year-old boy in 1991 and sexually abusing eight other boys.

Yeshivah College is Melbourne's biggest Chabad (Orthodox) affiliated school. Revelations of sexual abuse by school employees against students first came to wider public attention when in 2011 former student Manny Waks told Fairfax Media he was abused there.

The $500 million Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began last year and more than 20 case studies have been examined so far, involving institutions such as the Salvation Army, the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Swimming Australia. Private hearings have also taken place around the country, giving abuse survivors an opportunity to tell their stories.

The royal commission will hand down its final report in December 2017.

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Australia's most senior rabbi, says he hopes the commission will help the community move forward.

"The stain of child sexual abuse and what's gone in our community is highly amplified by the fact that we are a small community and we take everything very personally. I'm hoping we can achieve closure, so we can finally put the lid on this terrible situation and learn from it," Kluwgant said.

Manny Waks, who was abused as a Yeshivah student, wanted individuals held to account. "I hope that the truth will be exposed. Hopefully the broader Australian public, the Jewish community and the Yeshivah community will have a better understanding of what has transpired over the years," Waks said.

A royal commission spokeswoman declined to comment. Public hearings were only announced about four weeks in advance, she said.

Waks, along with several other claimants, has initiated civil action, suing the Yeshivah centre and 12 other defendants for negligence. Waks says this action is "on hold" for now.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/yeshivah-college-called-to-royal-commission-on-child-sexual-abuse-20141125-11te2v.html

 

Raped at a mikvah, then abandoned

Posted on 24 October 2014

Raped at a mikvah, then abandoned

The Times of Israel
Manny Waks
23 October 2014

Manny Waks
Manny Waks is the founder and CEO of Tzedek, an Australian-based support and advocacy group for Jewish victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. Manny is also a past victim of child sexual abuse

It is heartbreaking that yet another victim of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community has suffered a tragic premature death. Last weekend, 34-year old Joey Diangello (formerly Yoel Deutsch) from New York died of a drug overdose. It is somewhat irrelevant if the overdose was intentional or not, as some have been debating on blogs and social media. We will probably never know definitively. What we do know is that Joey was sexually abused within his former Hasidic community. “I think when that person raped me, he murdered my Jewish soul,” Joey told PIX11 Investigates in early 2009, when he courageously went public with his story, describing how he was raped in a Mikvah (Jewish ritual bath-house) as a child. Joey became a victim advocate and featured in numerous media articles.

 

To continue reading this article, please click here: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/child-abuse-and-its-impact-regulated-2/

 

 

 

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