- Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
- For Ultra-Orthodox in Abuse Cases, Prosecutor Has Different Rules
- Brooklyn Prosecutor Defends Record on Sex Abuse Cases
- Brooklyn Prosecutor to Target Intimidation in Abuse Cases
They are...somewhat terrifying. The ultra-Orthodox come across as a cult. In tomorrow's paper, there's a letter from Rabbi David Zwiebel of Agudath Israel of American, and here's the appalling money graf:
Contrary to the implications of your recent articles and editorial about child abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community, the role of the rabbi in cases of suspected abuse is not to dissuade the individual from reporting to the secular authorities, but simply to ascertain that the suspicion meets a certain threshold of credibility.Rabbi Zwiebel seems to have missed the point that in a secular society, the DA and police investigate and determine whether a suspicion meets an appropriate threshold of credibility. It is not the job of the rabbinate or the priesthood to do this.