Rabbis trained to handle sexual abuse issues

Herald Sun


VICTORIAN Jewish religious leaders are being trained in how to deal with disclosures of sexual abuse and family violence.

A US expert recently visited Melbourne to advise rabbis on the subject.

There have been perceptions in the Jewish community that some religious figures were advising against reporting abuse cases to police.

Last month, rabbi David Kramer was jailed for sexually assaulting four students while teaching at Melbourne’s Yeshivah College between 1989 and 1991.

Rabbinical Council of Victoria president Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant said the training for rabbis was not directly linked to the sex abuse cases, but was influenced by them.

“There was a misconception that rabbis were saying to people that they mustn’t report to the police,” he said.

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