sexual abuse remains an underreported crime throughout the world,
despite extensive research and resources dedicated both to improving
investigative techniques and helping children disclose their
The discovery of rampant cover-ups within the Catholic
Church has exposed some of the ways religious and cultural issues can
impede reporting to authorities. This article examines specific factors
that contribute to the underreporting of child sexual abuse within
Orthodox Jewish communities.
It also explores ways in which these
communities have handled child sexual abuse reporting in the past and
describes recent progress. Implications are offered for CSA prevention,
detection, and recovery in Orthodox Jewish communities as well as other
minority religious groups.
David Katzenstein, LCSW-R,
is the clinical coordinator of the Department of Behavioral Health at
Premium Health Center. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at
Touro College, Wurzweiler, and NYU Schools of Social Work and is
currently a doctoral candidate at NYU- Silver School of Social Work.
Lisa Aronson Fontes
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of the book Interviewing Clients Across Cultures as well as numerous publications related to cultural issues in child abuse and violence against women.