Update to Reporting Child Abuse

Rav Aviner asked to publicize this response -

Reporting Child Abuse

e-mail from:
Josh Werblowsky, Professor of Psychiatry
Jerusalem, Israel

Ha-Rav Aviner has made a very important contribution with his comments about child abuse. But regarding his statement: ‘if they stop and go for treatment all the better’ - how do we know IF they will actually stop? Furthermore, treatment is very complicated and there is a high recidivism rate. Therefore, the authorities must be contacted when there is a presumption of child abuse. And teachers cannot be allowed to move from one institution to another. "Lo ta’amod al dam reacha – do not stand by idly over your fellow's blood," as Rav Aviner has stated this is a matter of life and death.