Thursday, August 12, 2010
INTERNATIONAL CALL TO ACTION: Regarding Israeli Judge, Moshe Gilad decision in case of Incest
July 12, 2010
INTERNATIONAL CALL TO ACTION:
Brother of Incest Survivor Sent To Prison By Israeli Judge, Moshe Gilad
It appears that Israeli Judge, Moshe Gilad is unfamiliar Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the ramifications childhood physical and sexual abuse can have on non-offending family members. The Awareness Center along with other advocacy groups find it outrageous that a judge would send a young man who was attempting to protect his sister from any more sexual assaults to prison, instead of court ordered therapy with someone who specializes in PTSD.
According to an article published by Ha'aretz (see below), upon arresting the teenage brother, the police also arrested the alleged sex offending step-father on suspension of a sex crime, yet released him two days later with the understanding he was not to go into the family home for two weeks. The article also describes the young man as a victim of long term physical abuse by his sister's alleged sex offender.
Like in many other cases of incest, the mother doubted her daughters accusations. The girl's mental health status declined, leading her to be hospitalized.
The article quoted Judge Gilad as saying: "I imagine that after he described himself and his sister being 'abused' physically and verbally for years, that when his sister described to him how the complainant had sexually assaulted her, the accused must have felt horrible," Judge Moshe Gilad wrote in his verdict. "I am ready to believe that when the accused saw his sister feeling so vulnerable, and heard her tell of such horrible things, he was frustrated and enraged."
But he added: "We cannot allow the court to send a message that someone who stabs another in anger, rage, revenge, no matter what the reason, will not be put under lock and key."
Though the young man stabbed his stepfather while sleeping, it is obvious to anyone who understands the dynamics of child abuse, that this was an delayed act of self defense and not one of "revenge and rage".
Please demand that Judge Moshe Gilad reconsider his sentence of a young man who needs specialized care to help him overcome his childhood trauma, and also demand that his sister receive rape trauma counseling immediately and that her step-father be court ordered out of the home indefinitely.
Judge Moshe Gilad
Haifa District Court
12 Palyam Street
Haifa, Israel 33095
Fax from the United States to Israel: 011-972-4-869-8644
Fax in Israel: 04-8698644
Background information on Judge Moshe Gilad
Born in 192 in Romania
In 1961 he immigrated to Israel
In 1970-1976 he served in the IDF
In 1980 graduated LLB degree at University of Tel-Aviv.
In October 1981 he qualified as a Din (Judge).
In 1981-2008 he worked as an editor - an independent lawyer
In February 2008 he was appointed to serve as a judge in Haifa District Court