A Petition Calls for Melbourne’s Senior Yeshivah Leaders to Resign

Rabbi Abraham Glick

Rabbi Abraham Glick

The Age (Victoria, Australia) reports today (9/22/14) on an a petition drive organized by Jews for Justice for Yeshivah’s Victims calling for the resignation of Rabbi Avrohom Glick and Yeshivah Centre chairman Don Wolf. According to the article:

Rabbi Glick was the principal of Yeshivah College from 1986 to 2007.

In a witness statement Rabbi Glick said he had only recently become aware of accusations that Cyprys had molested children. But in 2012 he changed his evidence under oath Continue reading

Cyprys Didn’t Even Stop His Sexual Assaults in Jail

David Cyprys

David Cyprys

According to the Herald Sun of Australia, David Samuel Cyprys was accused of assaulting a teenager in jail while serving his prison sentence for assaulting nine Jewish children. Incredibly, after he was convicted of child sexual abuse in 1991, he was allowed to continue working at the Chabad-dominated Yeshiva College of Melbourne where he preyed on children for another two decades.

I am willing to bet many parents complained and were given any of these standard lines to assure them this would not happen again: Continue reading

Manny Waks Victim Impact Statement at Sentencing of David Cyprys

David Cyprys raw

David Cyprys

Tzedek (Australia), a Jewish, anti-abuse advocacy group, led by Manny Waks, issued a statement today about the sentencing of David Cyprys. According to Tzedek, Cyprys was sentenced to eight years in total with a non-parole period of five and half years.

Australia’s protection of victim identities even extends to banning them from voluntarily, publicly disclosing their identities in connection with specific perpetrators. I suspect, in part, this is to protect victims from being manipulated into exposing their identities in cases where it would not serve their best interests or the interests of justice.

Manny Waks at hearing

Manny Waks

Manny Waks petitioned for an exemption and was granted it. When you read the Impact Statement it will be easy to understand why the court granted the request. This is one man’s story about the abuse he suffered, the ways it affected him, and his long journey from trying unsuccessfully to get justice through Yeshivah Centre to finally succeeding through the criminal justice system. It is also a story about how institutions like Yeshivah Centre and and it then director, Rabbi Groner showed shocking depravity in their indifference to ongoing abuse. Finally, and on a more positive note, it is the story of how a movement is developing that is in the process of reversing that trend. I find most impact statements worth reading. They finally condense the essential facts about abuse and justice from the point of view of the person whotruly knows it. In this case, it is all of the above and more. It is long but I urge all of you to take the time to read it. Thanks again to Manny, his family, and his colleagues for their terrific work in Australia. Shehechiyanu!

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Melbourne Yeshiva College Principal Abraham Glick Questioned on Child Sex Abuse Allegations

Rabbi Abraham Glick

Rabbi Abraham Glick

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.