Among many Orthodox Jews, the preferred forum for adjudicating communal disputes is a bet din, a rabbinic court. But critics say such panels often try to dissuade sex abuse victims from pursuing their complaints, a charge vigorously denied by [Agudath Israel spokesman Rabbi Avi] Shafran. But, he added, "In cases where there is some degree of doubt, the beit din has a responsibility to counsel against going to authorities until there is proven criminal activity."
In other words, in 99% of abuse cases, Rabbi Shafran's "gedolim" will say that it is forbidden to go to the police. Why? Because the victims of abuse are largely underage. Their testimony is invalid in a beit din, and abuse happens in secret, away from witnesses – except, of course, for the abused child. In a simiar vein, Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg told victims of Rabbi Yehudah Kolko and their parents that, because Rabbi Kolko did not penetrate the boys (he only rubbed his erect penis against them), according to halakha, no abuse happened. Therefore it is forbidden to go to police.
This is Agudath Israel. This is the gedolim. This is Orthodox Judaism.
Run away from it as fast as you can.
[Hat Tip: Dr. R-F.]