David L. Morris was Nominated for the President of Israel’s Prize 2010. Apart form his business in electro-optics he stablished Lema’an Achai (“For My Brothers”) the innovative community social services charity in Ramat Bet Shemesh, “Magen”, the Bet Shemesh Child Protection Agency, and “Yad LeYedid” (A Hand to a Friend) charity helping impoverished families in Jerusalem.
Magen proudly hosted Dr. David Pelcovitz to speak about child sex abuse. He is upset with Pelcovitz’s letter designed to reduce the prison sentence of Evan Zauder. This letter was first revealed and attacked by David Chefetz two days ago (3/31/14) on Frum Follies.
David Morris posted Victims’ Advocate Defends Dangerous Perpetrator in which he dissects the letter Pelcovitz wrote. He offers up a thoughtful nuanced evaluation of the letter Dr. Pelcovitz wrote. I encourage readers to see his entire post. Here are a few of his key reactions.
Writing such a letter for a convicted and dangerous pedophile undermines Dr Pelcovitz’ well earned international reputation as a pioneer in educating the Jewish community about child protection and advocating for victims….
Dr Pelcovitz made a misjudgement claiming that Zauder showed remorse. Perhaps remorse for being caught, and relief at not having been caught, at that stage, for the worse offenses. But there was nothing sincere about Zauder’s show of regret for his crimes……
Dr Pelcovitz is taking on the persona of the mental health professional, giving a quasi-prognosis for a man who was not Dr Pelcovitz’s therapy client – but a student in his class… Dr Pelcovitz gets his stab at a prognosis seriously wrong……
Given the negative publicity, and even outrage, which has now been generated by Dr Pelcovitz’s letter for Evan Zauder, and the knock to his professional prestige, I suggest it would be appropriate for Dr Pelcovitz to issue a retraction of the letter and apologise.
And for the sake of our children, I hope Judge Lewis A.Kaplan had the good sense to ignore Dr Pelcovitz’ ill-considered letter and plea for leniency, when he sentenced Zauder this week to 13 years imprisonment.