Monday, 3 June 2013
Dear Rabbi Freilich June 2 and AJN May 23
Dear Rabbi Freilich
I refer to your letter in The Australian Magazine published yesterday. And article in the AJN 7 days or so earlier. [enc below]
Could you please elucidate as to how you were misquoted in view of your last sentence about being tired and emotional?
East St Kilda
The Australian Magazine - June 1 - 2, 2013
Firstly let me congratulate you on your article. However, I would like to clarify a statement attributed to me that is misleading. The article gives the impression I am of the view that 95 per cent of the rabbinate believe that child sexual abuse should be dealt with in-house. In fact I believe that the vast majority of rabbis in Australia firmly support the immediate reporting of child abuse to the police. This was always the official stance of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australia. This misinterpretation may have arisen because my abhorrence of child sexual abuse is such that when I am interviewed about it I become emotional, and as a result my expression may not be as clear and precise as it should be.
David Freilich OAMChief Rabbi, Perth Hebrew Congregation
ORIG ARTICLE RE YOURSELF: May 18 -9, 2013
Perth rabbi Dovid Freilich estimates that 95 per cent of Australian rabbis believe these matters should be dealt with internally. He was president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia at the time the Yeshivah scandal erupted and resigned after his call for full co-operation with police drew criticism from the membership. "I was castigated by other rabbis. They don't talk to me anymore. I regard it as a compliment... The law of the land is the law of the land," he says, dismissing the idea that victims should go to a priest or a rabbi rather than use the courts.
Posted by Geoff Seidner at 12:33 pm