Professor Marc B. Shapiro, Orthodox rape cover-up is hardly a recent phenomenon
From Jewish Whistleblower:
Dan Rabinowitz at the Seforim blog posts an interesting post in the name of Professor Marc B. Shapiro [http://academic.uofs.edu
/department/theology/bios.html] demonstrating that covering up sexual abuse (rape in this case) in the Orthodox community is "hardly a recent phenomenon".
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Uncensored Books (Dr. Marc B. Shapiro)
Marc B. Shapiro
As long as I am talking about the very interesting sefer Ma’aneh Eliyahu [volume of teshuvot by Gaon R. Eliyahu Rabinowitz-Teomim, the Aderet] let me also call attention to something in it that is relevant to what is in the news today. I refer to the problem of rabbis covering up cases of sexual abuse. In no. 32 the Aderet deals with a case where a girl was raped by two young Jewish men. Her family wanted to report this to the police, so that the rapists would receive a fitting punishment. The Aderet writes:
#1514;י אל לבם להשק& #1497;ט הדבר, לבל יתחל& #1500; שם ישרא& #1500; בעמי& #1501; מהפק& #1512;ות ופרי& #1510;ות צעיר& #1497; הנער& #1497;ם, לאנו& #1505; ולנא& #1493;ף ולחל& #1500; שבת ולרצ& #1493;ח, וגם יש סכנה בדבר לריב עם עזי פנים כמות& #1501;, ושמע& #1493; אלי.
We see from this that the practice of covering up these sorts of things is hardly a recent phenomenon.