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Media Covering Child Abuse
A couple of documentaries on Child abuse in USA and UK
HBO is airing a documentary entitled Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. For more than two decades Father Lawrence Murphy sexually abused 200 boys at St. Francis School for the Dead in St. Francis, Wisconsin. The program also discusses physical and sexual abuse of children in Irish church institutions, and the Vaticans handling of these abuses. It debuts on HBO on Monday, February 4, from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Times and is reshown several times on later dates. BRITAIN'S HIDDEN CHILD ABUSE CHANNEL 4 DISPATCHES SPECIAL Greetings! In a special report, Channel 4 Dispatches goes undercover to expose the way the ultra Orthodox community in London has for decades been dealing with child molesters. In a year-long investigation, other victims of child abuse from this closed community express their anger about the lack of justice caused by their leaders' misguided approach to dealing with the issue. In some cases those brave enough to complain to the police about their abusers have even been harassed, spat at and ostracized by other community members. This Channel 4 Dispatches special report also reveals that an alleged child abuser was allowed to continue working with children, despite complaints from his victim. And other victims, frustrated by their inability to bring child abusers to justice, tell Dispatches they've threatened and attacked those they believe to be child molesters. Click here to watch the entire episode. ------------------------- In the words of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman." ------------------------- Established halacha (Jewish Law) places a child molester in the category of rodef (an imminent threat), in part due to a recidivism rate well in excess of 50-percent. In his 2004 psak (ruling) on this issue, the late Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv writes that one should report those who sexually abuse children directly to the police and that doing so is of benefit to society. Click here to read a partial translation of this ruling and here for the full responsa in Hebrew. ------------------------- For additional information please visit our website at Contact us at

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