In this informative story “Secrets and Lies,” Linda Stasi discusses sexual abuse in the world of Orthodox Judaism. Stasi points out that stories about abuse in the Catholic church are commonplace, but the public is far less familiar with stories about abusive rabbis. The lack of public awareness is not because abuse is less frequent in these communities. In fact, according to a 2018 study of formerly Orthodox individuals by Harvard psychologist David H. Rosmarin, across Orthodox Judaism as a whole, “rates of abuse were nearly twice the national estimate for both boys and girls.”
We are proud to represent our clients who spoke to Stasi and shared details of the abuse they suffered while students at Yeshiva University High School.