Thursday, January 01, 1998

Pedophilia and the Orthodox Community

Pedophilia and the Orthodox Community
© (1998) By Dr. Rabbi Joseph S. Ozarowski (Reprinted by Permission) 

Rabbi Joseph Ozarowski
Q: Why has the frum community never done anything about pedophilia?

A: Tough question. Possibly shame over its very existence, denial that it is a problem or not knowing what to do. We did address it once at an R.C.A (Rabbinical Council of America) convention that I attended.

I would tell you that if you know of such a case, you should report it to the appropriate authorities. A child's life is at risk here. Personally, I think the issue of erva and sakana overrride any and all other considerations.

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