The Age of Australia ran a story about the intimidation meted out to the Waks family because they dared to take a stand against sexual abuse. It is an important story and should be read in its entirety. In deference to their intellectual property rights I am posting the link and the beginning here. Please go to their site to read it all.
You might think Manny Waks would be a hero for breaking the silence about child sexual abuse within Melbourne’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community this year. Several abusers have been exposed and two have been jailed, while the St Kilda East Yeshivah Centre, where Waks himself was abused 25 years ago, now claims to be a model of child safety and awareness.
You might also think the Chabad community of the Yeshivah Centre would applaud and encourage Waks’ parents, Zephaniah and Chaya, who have given their son the moral support and encouragement he needed since he told them in 1996 about the abuse that began happening to him when he was 11 years old.
But two weeks ago, Zephaniah and Chaya decided to put their house on the market and move to Israel, citing bullying, harassment and ostracism from the community in which they were once respected members.
Indeed, Yeshivah rabbis railed against the whistleblowing Waks from the first day after Manny went public, and now say Zephaniah and Manny have run a vendetta against the centre.