Rabbi Hershel Schacter – Yeshiva University and Sexual Abuse

May 5, 2016 – http://www.protectjewishkids.com


Rabbi Hershel Schacter – Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University

“A top rabbinic dean of Yeshiva University has warned rabbis about the dangers of reporting child sex abuse allegations to the police because it could result in a Jew being jailed with a black inmate, or as he put it, “a shvartze,” who might want to kill him.”

“Rabbi Hershel Schachter, one of the most respected faculty members of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, also said that children can lie and ruin an innocent man’s life.”

(Regarding alleged molesters at Y.U.,) “Schachter told the New York Times, in December, that in addition to Finkelstein and Gordon he knew of another staff member who had been let go for similar reasons. He has never revealed the name of that member of staff.” The Jewish Forward – 3-14-13


An open letter to Rabbi Hershel Schachter


Dear Rabbi Schachter,

Please allow me to inform you that, statistically speaking, children almost never lie about being sexually abused. Seven year-old Orthodox kids, with no sex education, would have no ability to be able to describe accurately and in detail how they were sexually violated if the violation didn’t occur.

Furthermore, Orthodox children have no incentive to lie about abuse when they know that they can be (and usually are) severely punished for saying bad things about their rabbi, teacher, principal or father.

Your assertion that children can lie and destroy an innocent man’s life is ill-informed. Usually, it’s the other way around. Rabbis can, and do, destroy many innocent children’s lives by accusing them of being liars, by protecting their molesters and by punishing and publicly humiliating child victims for speaking the truth.

Unlike rabbinical courts that almost always whitewash Orthodox child molester’s crimes against Orthodox kids, we live in a nation with an independent judiciary and rules of law. America has a robust judicial system that gives every opportunity to exonerate the accused. If the evidence isn’t compelling, the accused goes free.

Instead of warning rabbis about the dangers of reporting Orthodox molesters to the police, why don’t you allow the police to do their jobs? Unlike rabbis and rabbinical courts, the police are staffed with highly experienced, qualified detectives who know how to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse. Why don’t you warn rabbis about the dangers of NOT reporting molesters to the police?

One last thing – please publicly name everyone that you know who is an Orthodox child molester. Parents and employers cannot protect the children in their care if rabbis cover up and conceal the identities of Orthodox child sex predators.

Have a nice day. I know that thousands of Orthodox victims of child sexual abuse won’t.

 Eric Aiken is an advocate for Orthodox victims of child sexual abuse and the owner of http://www.protectjewishkids.com

12 thoughts on “Rabbi Hershel Schacter – Yeshiva University and Sexual Abuse

  1. This rabbi shacter is truly a mindles moron i just cannot beleive that a rabbi of his stature can make comments like he did about children making it up to ruin an adulyts life unbeleivable he is beyond the pale with rabbis like him we cn all die of indifference.


  2. Tell me who elected this putz as “…one of the most respected faculty members..”??? He’s one of the most heinous rabbis, obviously. Yet another alleged scholars who cares only about protecting child molesters, and the hell with the children.


    • We are discovering that so many “respected faculty members” and “philanthropists” are either despicable because of their view on children or because of the fraud they are willing to commit.


        • and you sounds like someone who might bemefit from reporting only to rabbis and not the police


          • Profound and impressive. Noone else would have thought of that response. Your opinions must be in high demand with a long waiting list. How do you have time to blog.


            • It just occurred to me that the geniuses who troll here think my username reflects my connection to the fantastic investigative reporting on this blog. As I have no connection outside a tremendous hakaras hatov for their work and as I have no desire to confuse anyone, genius or not, I will now change my name.


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  3. I want to add that rabbinical courts don’t have access to the technology that police have that could prove innocence or guilt. They don’t have crime labs, fingerprint detection equipment, DNA testing or polygraph machines. Not do they have the power to subpoena witnesses or get search warrants.

    A court, even if it has psychologists on it as you suggest, could determine that a claim is, to use your words, a “bubemeises” when a proper police investigation would have determined otherwise.

    Trust the justice system. No one gets convicted unless 12 jurors unanimously find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Rabbi please reconsider your position on this. It could save Jewish lives.

    If anyone has a relationship with R. Shachter I would urge them to speak to him about this and ask him to issue a retraction of his earlier position.

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    • As a former ADA, I concur with Harav Schechter. Anyone involved with the legal system knows that it is a creature to be manipulated. Religious jews stand no chance. Harav Schechter said basically, what we all know: the emperor has no clothes.


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