December 3, 2006 - Teaneck, N.J. -- Rabbi Hershel Schachter explains the laws of mesira pertaining to sex crimes. Rabbi Schachter is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University. There are several things he is saying that is inaccurate. One example is regarding the percentage of times in which adults and children make up stories of sex crimes.
A few studies have found that less than 2 percent of abuse reports made by children and 6 percent of those made by adults were judged false, suggesting that false allegations are rare. In one study, all but two children who revoked claims of abuse later disclosed new incidents of abuse. These researchers view revocation of abuse reports as part of the disclosure process rather than an indication of false claims.
shiur on sugyos in Nashim or Nezikin, it does not necessarily follow that that individual will be qualified to pasken on hilchos mesirah – lehakel or lehachmir.