This morning’s Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) reports that Rabbi Abraham Glick is being interviewed by police on charges that he repeatedly raped a boy on the lectern of a synagogue back in the 1980s. Not surprisingly, Glick helped obstruct investigations into abuse by David Kramer, who was since convicted. After all these years, Yeshiva College finally had him resign.
Tzedek (Australia) issued a statement reporting the questioning and explaining its role:
When the victim first approached Tzedek several months ago we provided the required support and advice, including accompanying the brave victim to make a formal police statement. It is not Tzedek’s role to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse… In this context, Tzedek’s sole role is to acknowledge what the victim informs us and provide whatever support or advice that is sought.
It is important to appreciate that a victim advocacy group is not and cannot be an investigative agency. It lacks the legal powers and can in fact muddy a police case and make it harder to prosecute. Closer to home, the same point was made by Rabbi Avrohom Stulberger, the principal of Valley Torah High School a Chofetz Chaim school in North Hollywood, California. In a speech to educators, (posted by Jewish Community Watch) he spoke of the crime of letting a molester move on to another job in another community. He also made it clear that only the police are competent to properly investigate allegations of abuse.