Combating Abuse: A Model That Works

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5 Responses

  1. Beth Fehlbaum says:

    That is SO encouraging to see happening.
    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse

  2. Dave says:

    I made a comment (a question, actually) on Rabbi Horowitz’s website last week that is relevant to this article as well. I assume studies have been done profiling abusers and finding the ingredients that went into their becoming abusers. Is there anything parents and educators can do to lower the chances of kids growing to become molesters? It seems that molesting is the result of some kind of emotional disorder. Is there any research as to how this disorder can be prevented, or at least how to lower the chances?

    We should be concerned not only with protecting our kids from abuse, but also with protecting our kids from becoming abusers. How is this done? Is it just like everything else – being good role models, building their self-esteem and sense of security, etc. – or are there more particular things that go into it?

    Also, are there any early warning signals during childhood or adolescence that might indicate that a kid is heading in that direction? Is there a way to train parents and educators to detect the kind of emotional instability that could result in pedophilia or something of that nature?

    Sure, our top priority must be protecting children from abuse. But if there’s a way to also protect kids from becoming abusers, we should be focusing attention on that as well.

  3. Bob Miller says:

    Those communities who have not begun initiatives similar to LA’s have a lot to answer for.

  4. Leibel says:

    Perhaps the reason that the orthodox community is not addressing this problem, is quite simply because there is no problem to address. I grew up in a standard orthodox community and have friends from the same social milieu. Between my friends and myself we have probably been exposed to several thousand orthodox Jews. Neither me nor any of my friends, despite intensive inquiring, have ever encountered a single case of child sexual abuse.

    This is not to say the problem does not exist. It does, in infinitesimal amounts. From half a million orthodox jews, there are maybe half a dozen cases of child sexual abuse. Are all orthodoxy to engage in collective chest-beating in order to assuage the hoots and howls of those who despise orthodoxy anyway?!

  5. dovid says:

    “Perhaps the reason that the orthodox community is not addressing this problem,…”

    the orthodox community is in denial.

    the orthodox community doesn’t want to air dirty laundry in the full view of a hostile and cynical public.

    concern of (a) ruining the shidduch prospects of the victim and his/her siblings, as well as (2) concerns of ruining the reputation of the victimizer’s family.

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