In an unprecedented move, Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Kaminetzky has joined together with the senior Lakewood Posek and Pediatrician to warn about the dangers of sexual abuse over the summer.
As was done last summer for the first time, HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Forscheimer, senior Posek at Lakewood’s Beis Medrash Govoah, Dr. Reuven Shanik, the leading Pediatrician in Lakewood, Rabbi Pesach Krohn and others launched a hotline with recorded messages to warn and educate the community. This summer, they were joined by the Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva, Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Kaminetzky. Additionally, there are messages from Hagaon HaRav Eitan Feiner (senior Rov in Far Rockaway), Dr. Sara Teichman and others.
The hotline – which included recordings from professionals in the field – warned parents about the obligation that a parent has to speak with their children before camp about abuse. This was done before Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkos, as well as this past Pesach.
Multiple professionals and therapists have told YWN that predators specifically prey on young and vulnerable children during the summer months, many times in camps.
The attached poster has been hung in all Shuls around Lakewood including BMG, as well as in Dr Shaniks office.
To listen to these important messages, call 641-715-3800 and enter code 811504#.
This is the fifth time that the Lakewood community has publicly addressed the dangers of sexual abuse and protecting children.
The first event was organized three years ago by Amudim, and was attended by well over 1000 people, including noted askanim, roshei kehillah, the poskim of Beis Medrash Govoha and with the hishtatfus and brocha of the roshei yeshiva, and roshei mosdos.
It is now clear, that thanks to the Amudim event, this topic is now being dealt with head on, as opposed to the way it was addressed for decades. The awareness that the Amudim event generated went a long way in providing the necessary information and resources to prevent these problems from occurring, and if Chas V’shalom they do, how to properly deal with it al pi Da’as Torah.
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