Mirvis asked to say sorry

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

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.

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