Police seek victims of sexual assault in second Jewish school

July 7, 2011 by J-Wire Staff
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For the second time within a month, Melbourne police are investigating sexual assaults in a Jewish school.

Today police have issued a request for information on assaults alleged to have taken place in the Adass Israel Girls’ school in Elsternwick.

Acting Detective Sergeant Scott Dwyer told J-Wire: “We have reports but are seeking any others willing to tell us.

In 2008, Malka Leifer fled to Israel following complaints. Scott Dwyer added: “I believe she was employed as principal and had been based in Israel.”

Last month, Victorian police were seeking victims of sexual assault at the Yeshivah College between 1989 and 1993.

ADS Dywer has asked anyone with onformation to contact him at the Moorabin Sexual Offences Unit on 03 9556 6128

J-Wire contacted the principal of Adass Israel, Professor Herszberg. He was unavailable.


One Response to “Police seek victims of sexual assault in second Jewish school”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    As unpleasant as it is, it shows police are able to do their jobs unheeded and without undue interference, not that Jewish situations are accused of any such action.
    Courageous ex-Victorian detective Denis Ryan, working in Mildura in the seventies, gathered 16 sworn statements from 14 young boys and two girls, detailing how a Ballarat diocesen monsignor, (who is one level down from a bishop in the catholic church), had committed sexual offences as early as 1960’s and had the offences covered up by the church for decades.
    Denis Ryan was ordered to let it go and he finally relinquished his career in the force losing part of his financial benefits.
    He received a personal apology years later, which is well and good but the “tip of the iceburg” had only been scraped in his estimation, he stated to a Melbourne support group in 1997.
    The monsignor was never charged with any offences and died in good standing with all due respect.
    All On public record.
    It is unpleasant, as I said, but police are on the job without fear or favour and that is a win win situation for all children, past and present.

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