Monday, May 09, 2016

It has been recently reported in Newsweek and NY Daily News that Agudath Israel has teamed up with the Catholic Church, an institution infamous for covering up child sexual abuse, to aggressively lobby against the passage of the Markey Bill on numerous occasions over the last decade....

Agudath Israel: Stop Blocking Passage of Child Victims Act

To the Rabbinic Yeshiva Owners of Agudath Israel:

We  join in writing to you regarding the Child Victims Act and to express our grave concerns for child safety given Agudath Israel's past and current dangerous actions.

The Child Victims Act, also known as the Markey Bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) seeks to eliminate time limits in criminal and civil cases of child sexual abuse.
New York's archaic statute of limitations sharply limits the time victims have to bring charges against a molester. A victim must come forward within five years after the age of 18 to bring criminal or civil charges against their abuser or any agency or organization that should have reported the crime.

Given the emotional and psychological devastation that victims of child sexual abuse endure they are often slow to come to grips with their past. Some are unable to do so until middle age or even later in life but certainly not before the age of 23. Furthermore, in our religious communities, this critical age (18-23) is a time when young people are seeking a suitable spouse (shiduchim) creating an especially vulnerable situation where victims of abuse may be reticent to come forward with charges regarding the abuse suffered. Thusly, New York's current statute of limitations supported by Agudath Israel protects predators and those who shield them, while often denying justice to their victims.

The passage of the Child Victims Act is not only essential for the healing of past victims; it is crucial in ensuring the safety of other children. Many studies indicate that sex offenders will victimize on average over 100 individuals over the course of their lives. This bill intends to suppress this frightening statistic and prevent further harm from being perpetrated towards new victims.

It has been recently reported in Newsweek and NY Daily News that Agudath Israel has teamed up with the Catholic Church, an institution infamous for covering up child sexual abuse, to aggressively lobby against the passage of the Markey Bill on numerous occasions over the last decade.

Furthermore, this April the NY Daily News reported that Agudath Israel is currently opposed to any civil or criminal changes in the law in NY, fearing a flood of lawsuits. A sexual abuse insurance policy can be purchased by institutions to aid against any lawsuits that may arise. However, it ought to be of prime importance to support the victims rather than the perpetrators of heinous crimes.

Currently, the Child Victims Act being considered is comprised of two separate bills - one eliminating statute of limitations for criminal cases and one addressing civil cases. We urge you to support passage of the Markey Bill in its entirety or at least the passage of the criminal bill. If these steps require moral courage not yet gained, at the very least cease from lobbying against this Act that can prevent child sexual abuse and save countless precious lives.

In closing, in line with the Torah's commandment in Leviticus 19:16, admonishing Jews to “not stand by while your neighbor’s blood is being shed,” we respectfully urge you to do all in your power to deter abusers and prevent harm from being perpetrated towards our children.

Thank you,



Anonymous said...

Wow! Many victims signing with their names.

Will the Agudah still try to sweep all them under the carpet?

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know YU had a high school in Brooklyn.

Is that molester from 1972 still alive?


I'm signing because I was a victim of abuse at YU's Brooklyn High School 44 years ago, and have never been able to get justice.

Peter Baum, Cleveland, OH

Kiryas Yoel said...


Has Doniel Eidensohn in gantzen lost his mind?

This is his blog comment to the above article:


The following seems to be a false report based on a surveilance video which was understood by those who put it on the internet as being an example of abuse - when in fact no abuse took place. It illustrates what was mentioned in a previous report of people willing to destroy the reputation of individuals without proper investigation and concern for what actually happened.

YU - Torah Madua said...

YU high school's Brooklyn branch started on President St in Crown Heights in 1945. In 1954 they took over PS 90 at Church & East 23rd. Alan Dershbag was class of '55.

In 1967 they handed off the public school building to Bais Rivka, having bought the Vitagraph movie studio building that was built in 1906 at the corner of East 14th & Locust, just off of Ave M. Vitagraph had moved to Hollywood in 1912. They sold the Vitagraph building to Shulamis in 1981 & merged into MTA Washington Heights. Shulamis, currently housed in Manhattan Beach Jewish Center, sold the building to a developer who is knocking it down to build a high rise with 308 condos.


Yeshiva University purchased the property in 1967, and the location eventually became the Shulamith School for Girls, a modern Orthodox religious institution. But in July 2014, the School sold the property to 1277 Holdings LLC for $20 million, with more than $3.4 million of the proceeds diverted, by Court order, to satisfy outstanding obligations to the IRS, for payroll taxes and to various other creditors.

Teaneck said...

That bum Rabbi Michael Taubes from MTA, who is at the forefront of protecting molester Baruch Lanner, was appointed recently as a rosh yeshiva at RIETS, as we know.

What some may not have known is that when Norman Lamm wanted to close MTA in 1999 due to poor enrollment, it was Taubes who led the Tehillim demonstrations in front of Lamm's office. One newspaper reported that Lamm retaliated at the time by having Taubes removed for a number of years from MTA.

So Taubes is being rewarded now on account of Lanner since YU is generally in the mood of covering up all molester related items?