April 15, 2003
To whom it may concern:
It is my opinion that it is halachically permissible and in may cases obligatory to call civil authorities (child protection services and/or your local police department) when you SUSPECT a child is being abused and/or neglected. "This does not constitute "mesirah". A sexual predator, molester, abuser, etc., is a "Rodef."
Rabbi Hershel Billet
Young Israel of Woodmere, New York
(FYI: Rabbi Billet also serves as the President of the Rabbinical Council of America and a member of the Orthodox Caucus)