Mah Nishtana: The Four Questions of Our Children, Some of Whom Are No Longer at the Seder
Why is the sexual abuse of children treated differently than all other communal issues?
1) In all other areas of halacha (Jewish law), the highest level of tznius (modesty) and morality is enforced, but in this area of halacha - the destruction of children is ignored.
2) In all other areas of kashrus, the highest level of reliability, certification and supervision is demanded, but in the sanctity of our children's own bodies - no serious nor expeditious regard is given.
3) In all other matters, halacha as interpreted by the poskim is followed, but when our senior poskim urge victims of sexual abuse to report their abusers to the police - these poskim are ignored and victims are vilified in favor of supporting the molesters.
4) In all other areas of a child's life, organizations fight and demand for their rights (e.g., lobbying for busing, textbooks, school lunch programs, tuition credits) but when it comes to the sexual abuse of children - some of the same organizations turn a deaf ear and lobby to protect the abusers of our children.
And a fifth question:
How many more sedorim must pass and how many more neshamas must we lose, before we are finally allowed to go Mavdous Lcheirus, from slavery to true freedom, from our own children's oppressors?