Sex abuse victims treated as ‘outcasts’: Royal Commission report on Jewish groups

Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Browne

Members of Australia’s close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community were discouraged from reporting child sexual abuse because they feared being cast out, a royal commission has found.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report into Yeshiva Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne on Tuesday, following a public hearing last year.

According to the report, survivors of child sexual abuse were treated as “outcasts after it had become known that they had reported their experiences of child sexual abuse to secular authorities.”

“The royal commission found the evidence strongly suggested that … some members of those communities were discouraged from reporting,” the report stated.

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