Orthodox abuse victims ostracised: Inquiry

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Australian Associated Press
November 29, 2016

Victims of child sex abuse and their families were outcast from their Orthodox Jewish communities for reporting the attacks, a royal commission has found.

Leaders of the Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi failed to act on reports of abuse and Jewish law, or halachic, strongly influenced the response and treatment of survivors, the Child Abuse Royal Commission says in its latest report.

Complaints were made to the head of Melbourne’s Yeshivah Centre and the Yeshivah College rabbi Yitchok David Groner about convicted paedophile David Cyprys from the mid-1980s and rabbi David Kramer from the early-1990s.

“The evidence before us establishes that Rabbi Groner’s response to reported incidents of child sexual abuse was wholly inadequate,” the royal commission’s report, released on Tuesday, says.

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