We have seen in recent months how the Jewish community has been dealing with an abuse scandal similar to the one in the Catholic Church. This week, such allegations were leveled at an unnamed Rabbi in Israel, who is accused of at least three counts of child molestation. What is interesting is that the government is refusing to release his name, even though such information often leads other victims to come forward.
One child is a fourteen-year-old girl who alleged that she was sodomized three years ago. Other charges are more recent. For a legal standpoint, the most interesting aspect is the degree to which the identity of the Rabbi is being protected. The entire case was kept secret under a gag order under last Friday and the name of the sixty-year-old Rabbi continues to be withheld. I am not familiar with Israeli law, but perhaps one of our regulars is. Is this standard? There has been a call in countries like England to extend anonymity to not just alleged rape victims but to alleged rapists.
The case came to light on Friday after a gag order was lifted. Police have been investigating the case for months. While there is merit to such equal treatment, it is still important for the allegations to be made public to assist other possible victims to come forward.