Anti-abuse training stepped up for youth workers

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2016

Training is being stepped up to better equip youth workers to support victims of child abuse.

Reshet, the network for informal Jewish educators, will be holding a two-day seminar next week in partnership with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Shelley Marsh, Reshet's executive director, explained it had not been prompted by any reports of increased incidence of


Australian abuse report

By Henry Benjamin, December 1, 2016

An Australian government report has found members of the Jewish community were "discouraged from reporting" allegations of abuse against employees of two yeshivahs.

The report by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse followed a public hearing in February 2015 on the response of the Yeshivah Centre and the Yeshivah College in Melbourne to allegations


Abuse victims to sue

By Lianne Kolirin, November 24, 2016

The victims of a paedophile teacher at Carmel College are planning on seeking compensation for the suffering they endured.

Four former pupils at the now defunct Jewish boarding school in Oxfordshire are hoping to bring a case against the school's insurance company, as the educational establishment no longer exists.

In 2015 retired teacher Trevor Bolton was jailed for 19 years for a string of


Torah's take on sexual abuse

By Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, October 21, 2016

In the immediate aftermath of the publication of the now infamous obscene Trump videotape, Canadian writer Kelly Oxford decided to ask women to tweet their "first experiences of sexual assault", under the hashtag #notokay. She described the results as "harrowing". For 14 hours straight, she received a minimum of 50 tweets per minute, each recording a separate instance of assault.


Court won't cut Carmel College abuser's jail time

September 15, 2016

A pensioner jailed for repeated sex attacks at a Jewish boarding school over 25 years ago deserved his 19-year sentence, senior judges have ruled.

Retired teacher Trevor Bolton, 78, was locked up for a string of sex crimes committed against boys he taught at Carmel College, in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, between the 1960s and the late 1980s.

Bolton, of Kestrel Way, Clacton-on-Sea, was convicte


'Greville Janner invited me to sauna'

By Lianne Kolirin, August 25, 2016

A Jewish historian gave evidence to police investigating allegations of sexual abuse against the late Lord Janner, it has emerged.

Gavin Littaur, a 66-year-old postal expert, was questioned by Leicestershire Police about a brief encounter he had with Greville Janner during the 1970s.

Mr Littaur wrote to the JC after reading an interview with Lord Janner's son, Daniel Janner QC, who suggested


On-the-run rabbi faces extradition over sex charges

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2016

Rabbi Eliezer Berland, leader of one of the largest groups of Breslov Chassidim, is facing extradition from South Africa to Israel following a three-year odyssey in which he has evaded charges of sexual assault.


Child sex probe 'should include strictly Orthodox'

By Sandy Rashty, April 14, 2016

A leading campaigner has called for a major inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales to investigate strictly Orthodox community institutions.

Australian Manny Waks, who was abused at a yeshivah in Melbourne, said the independent Goddard Inquiry should "seriously consider" looking at Charedi schools.


Charity sees 50 per cent rise in domestic abuse victims

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2016

A leading domestic violence charity has seen a 50 per cent surge in the number of women using its services over the past four months.


Van driver ‘shouted antisemitic abuse at shul-goers’

By Sandy Rashty, December 8, 2015

Synagogue-goers were antisemitically abused by a man in a white van as they made their way home.

Police have said a person driving a white Ford Transit van last Saturday in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, shouted offensive language at a group walking along Deacons Hill Road at around 1pm.

It is understood that the driver made reference to Hitler and the “gas chambers”.