Reaction to the Royal Commission

November 14, 2012 by  
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The Rabbinical Council of Victoria has welcomed the Royal Commission into sexual abuse perpetrated against children.

Rabbi Yaakov Glasman

Rabbi Yacov Glasman told J-Wire: “Given the surfacing of child sexual abuse allegations in Jewish communities around the world ranging from secular to religious, the Rabbinical Council of Victoria welcomes a nationwide Royal Commission and commends the Federal Government on its decision. The RCV reaffirms its utmost condemnation of those who perpetrate such evils against children or turn a blind eye to them and reminds the community that alleged ‘Halachic’ reasons to refrain from reporting abuse to the police or other relevant authorities are completely without foundation.”

Rabbi Chaim Ingram

Rabbi Chaim Ingram of the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales added: “Judaism teaches that all forms of abuse – physical, emotional and sexual – of one human being by another is heinous and wrong.  This is particularly true of the abuse of a child by an adult.

Judaism also teaches that dina de-malchuta dina, that in civil matters “the law of the land is law”.

For both of this reasons, the RCNSW welcomes the Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances of child abuse. It behoves every Jewish school and institution to fully co-operate.

It is important to state that in Judaism there is no concept of undivulgible confession.  Where Jewish children or other vulnerable indiduals are perceivably at risk everything possible must be done to remove that risk.

Moreover, in the Jewish Community there is no culture of institutional child abuse.”

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has also welcomed the Commission.

The national peak body of the Australian Jewish community has welcomed and supported the Prime Minister’s announcement of a Royal Commission to investigate institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse.
“The sexual, physical and psychological abuse of children is a pervasive problem in Australian society, and probably all societies” according to the President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry(ECAJ), DrDanny Lamm. “It is certainly not limited to anyone institution or segment of society.”

Allegations of sexual abuse concerning a small section of the Jewish community in Melbourne surfaced in July 2011. In response, the ECAJ together with the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, the Organisation of Rabbis of Australia and the Rabbinical Council of Victoria issued a joint statement calling on “all alleged victims to come forward and provide the police with any relevant information they may have and do everything to assist the police with their enquiries”.
“Anyone found to have betrayed the trust of children under their care or supervision must be held to account to the full extent of the law”, the statement continued. “The abuse of children in any way, be it physical, sexual, emotional or psychological, is abhorrent, particularly when it is perpetrated by those in positions of trust and authority. All claims of abuse must be treated with the utmost seriousness.”
According to Dr Lamm, “we are now calling on anybody with knowledge of instances of alleged child sexual abuse in any institution to co-operate fully with the Royal Commission, and for the families, friends and advisers of alleged victims to give them every support”.



4 Responses to “Reaction to the Royal Commission”
  1. Samuel says:

    otto, these matters are not just against ‘other entities’ lets not close our eyes to THIS fact.
    It’s far deeper than we wish to imagine! Time shall tell.

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    A little more personal would read and bring it closer to home :
    Anyone found to have betrayed the trust of Our children under their care or supervision, must be held to account.
    That’s how I relate to my connections, they were all Our children and I agree your Jewish community has seen far less allegations and, conversley, nowhere the degree of proven facts.

  3. Judy Jones says:

    The brave Australia victims of child sex abuse and Detective Peter Fox are to be commended for having the courage to speak up and take action to expose the truth about the sex abuse and cover up within the Catholic church in Australia.
    And a big thank so goes to Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, for ordering a royal commission that will look at institutional responses to the child sex abuse by predator priests.

    Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever…
    BUT, an even more powerful danger is when high ranking officials enable, empower, and cover up these crimes against kids. They need to be held accountable for allowing more innocent kids to be sexually abused.
    Child sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day.

    Thank you, Judy with Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

  4. Otto Waldmann says:

    While the statements by the esteemed Rebbonim are most welcome, I would dare add that, compared to other entities, our Jewish community has seen far less allegations and, conversely, nowhere the degree of proven facts in the abhorent class mentioned above.

    Differential quantums are very relevant, moral objections to transgressions notwithstanding !!

    Ethical teachings and their observance within Judaism are fundamental to it and one must be grateful to the same Rebbonim for their virtues and dedication to that end.

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