Perth Rabbi’s abuse claim refuted

May 20, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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Perth Rabbi Dovid Freilich told “The Australian” that he believed 95% of Australian rabbis dealt with sexual abuse matters internally…a claim challenged by the Rabbinical Council of Victoria.
110627 - RCV Media Release - Victorian Rabbinate Rejects Calls to Ban ShechitahThe RCV has issued the following statement:
The RCV is the largest State Rabbinic body in Australia and has stated on numerous occasions that all cases of child abuse must be reported immediately to the Police. The Council’s resolution to this effect was adopted by the Rabbis of Victoria unanimously and bears the name of each Rabbi.

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, President of the RCV said that for several years now the RCV has been contributing to the fight against child sexual abuse. “The RCV’s widely publicised position that any and all cases of child abuse must be reported immediately to the Police and relevant authorities has appeared numerous times in Jewish and wider Australian media”, said Rabbi Kluwgant.

Therefore there is absolutely no basis to the statement attributed to a Perth rabbi (“Manny Waks pays the price for speaking about sexual abuse in an Orthodox Jewish community”, The Australian, May 18) that “95% of Australian rabbis prefer child sexual abuse be dealt with internally”.

We look forward to a full and swift retraction by those responsible for this erroneous claim.


4 Responses to “Perth Rabbi’s abuse claim refuted”
  1. Sam says:

    Spot on Ashley! The ‘ottos’ of this world can longer hide behind their delusional excuses.

  2. Ashley Samuels says:

    The entire orthodox community discredited themselves all on their own.

    Based on the recent disclosures of the Catholic Church the Orthodox are not far behind.

    Otto, if that’s your real name…….
    it seems they hit you where it hurts. Right in the truth.

    • Otto Waldmann says:

      Brilliant logic, Ashely, your name or not.
      Yeah, if the Catholics have been proven, then the Jews are, most definitely, in the same boat.
      How can someone else’s absurdities hurt….. me !!!

  3. Otto Waldmann says:

    Incidentally, Kate Legge’s piece in The Australian is a repulsively chronically myopic platform offered to a certain Melbourne clan in their quest to discredit and entire Orthodox community.
    The offensive piece finishes with the image of a Yeshiva casting its opressive shadow over a perennially victimised family.
    I sincerely hope that the Son of Theodore and Dianne – of blessed memory – knows better than waxig his own community…………………

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