Channel Four Dispatches programme to be shown tonight at 10.30pm alleges that
Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, who leads the Charedi community in London's Stamford Hill - instructing an alleged victim of child sexual abuse not to go to the police describing it as ‘mesira’, which means it's forbidden to report a Jew to non-Jewish authority.
Dispatches - Britain's Hidden Child Abuse - Channel 4
The programme will show hidden recordings by a former member of the charedi community,who went to the Rabbi.
Another Charedi Rabbi claims later in the program that Rabbi Ephraim Padwa recently forbade a father who had told the police that his son had been sexually abused from pursuing the case.
Why are people of the community forbidden from taking their serious complaints of sexual abuse to the police?
It seems people are terrified to report it,What are the consequences for the victims if they bring it further,surely it cant be right to deal with this internally,or cover it up,such as other religious organisations have tried to do.
"Last night it released another statement outlining its procedures for dealing with child sex abuse complaints. It said: “The Orthodox Hebrew Congregations have a special Committee to deal with incidences of attacks of this kind on the children of our congregations. The members of the Committee consist of rabbis, educators and members of the community, among whom there are those who have been trained in the right way to tackle this."
Senior British rabbi filmed telling alleged child abuse victim not to go to the police - Home News - UK - The Independent
"Wednesday’s documentary, “Britain’s Hidden Child Abuse,” comes at a particularly sensitive time for London’s Haredi community, which is embroiled in an ongoing scandal over a former religious judge for the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Chaim Halpern. He has been accused of sexual misconduct involving about 30 women who came to him for counseling."
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