Mirvis asked to say sorry
A LEADING campaigner against child sex abuse in the Orthodox community has called on Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to issue an apology “on behalf of the rabbinate” over historical abuse cases.
Manny Waks met Rabbi Mirvis this week, to discuss his own global initiative to tackle the problem.
Mr Waks, who himself was abused while studying at a yeshivah in Melbourne, Australia, said: “One thing I suggested was he issue a public apology on behalf of the rabbinate. I’m not saying he should take responsibility personally but to acknowledge and accept there have been serious failures over the years.”
The campaigner said that in the past, victims had faced a culture of intimidation and a lack of support which deterred them from reporting abuse.
A spokesperson for Rabbi Mirvis said said ideas such as those suggested by Mr Waks had “been discussed internally many times before” and were “under regular review”.
Rabbi Mirvis has made combating abuse a goal of his chief rabbinate.