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  1. canonist.com

    R’ Mark Dratch on Kolko Arrest
    The head of JSafe e-mails in response to last night’s news:

    http://www.canonist.com/?p=1256

    I am very pleased with the news of the arrest of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko and look forward to seeing the allegations against him investigated and pursued seriously. Certainly, everyone is entitled to his day in court; Kolko is as well. However, had the community leadership taken the allegations seriously years ago and had they acted in more responsible ways, I beleive that many innocents might have been spared trauma over the years and justice would not have been delayed.

    I applaud those who came forward to make the reports and pursue their legal options. I know that this was not easy in the community in which they live and there are all sorts of pressures–social and religious–not to report. As I have said many times in the past, this reticence to
    report is not supported by the Halacha.
    I applaud those “anonymous bloggers” who brought this issue public and kept it in the public eye. Without them, this arrest would not have happened. They too have been subject to attack recently. I have already written about the problems of anonymous blogging (”Are Blogs Kosher? The Jewish Week 05/25/2006)–”Can these blogs be more responsible? Yes, and they need to exercise much greater care in upholding standards of decency, fairness and justice because they, too, can be responsible for harming innocents. And Web surfers should not necessarily believe what they read on them…But the blogs are here and, for now, supply a valuable service.
    In a community that was responsive and accountable the excesses on the blogs would be unnecessary. At the moment, there are those who feel that they have no other choice. Innocents — victims and potential victims of abuse and the values and reputation of a compassionate and valuable community — are being hurt by a community that could and should do better.”) Nevertheless, they have performed an invaluable service and are to be applauded.
    I applaud those who brought this issue to New York Magazine (5/22/06). Without that article, Kolko would have still been in his classroom and without that article the public pressure to pursue justice would have been significantly weakened.
    As to the attacks by prominent rabbinic leadership on those that challenged the judgment and actions of those that criticized them, I say: I do not believe that many of the bloggers and accusers who they roundly condemn and label as “resha’im” (wicked) or “maskilim” (corruptly modern) were motivated by a disdain for rabbis, their authority or their opinions.
    At least not originally. My experience with many victims/survivors of abuse is that they desperately want rabbinic leaders and the community and the Torah and the halachic system—which they were taught to revere and upon which they were raised to depend—to work for them. Many believe that the Torah’s system of laws were just. Many believe that rabbis and
    rabbinic judges are advocates for those that were hurt and injured. Many, whose physical and emotional welfare were torn apart, want, at the very least, their faith to sustain them and remain strong. But many of those who speak out in crude and insolent ways have felt betrayed by those very rabbis and communal mores in which they desperately wanted to believe.
    Many felt revictimized by those who they believed should have been there to help them. So they lash out with feelings of betrayal, disillusionment, abandonment and resentment. Perhaps no excuse for crude behavior. But perhaps an explanation…and an indictment.
    I hope that this is a watershed moment in our community’s history in dealing with issues of abuse. We’ll all be better off for it and the kevod ha-Torah, the honor and dignity of the Torah, its leaders and teachers, and its community will be restored.

  2. Isa

    Go to http://www.RabbiChildAbuse.com
    See the list.
    I see judgements in the order of 500 million
    Probably bankrupt a few organizations, with even they have to give up their trademarked ‘holy’ names.
    Remember while there is statute of limitations on criminal, on civil lawsuit, there may not be a ststute of limitations or at least it is longer (each state is different)

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