Chabad's Yeshivah Center in Melbourne, Australia is offering a "scheme [which] will offer redress in the form of a direct personal response to the victims of abuse from Yeshivah, access to counselling and psychological care, and a monetary payment to recognise that sexual abuse should not have occurred. Receiving support under the scheme will not prejudice the individual’s rights to pursue any further legal action.…"
Important Letter from Yeshivah Centre Committee of Management
On behalf of the Yeshivah Centre Committee of Management, I am writing to invite you to attend two very important events:
1. The announcement of the Yeshivah Centre Redress Scheme for victims of sexual abuse and
2. “Silent No More” -A panel evening of reflection, understanding, healing and regret.
The Yeshivah Redress Scheme has been established to ensure that the wrongs committed against children while involved in the Yeshivah Centre and its schools will not go unnoticed or unacknowledged.
The design of the Yeshivah Redress Scheme has been guided by learnings from schemes across Australia and the recent Redress and Civil Litigation Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Scheme will offer redress in the form of a direct personal response to the victims of abuse from Yeshivah, access to counselling and psychological care, and a monetary payment to recognise that sexual abuse should not have occurred. Receiving support under the scheme will not prejudice the individual’s rights to pursue any further legal action.
The Scheme will operate independently of Yeshivah. Yeshivah has appointed an independent panel to operate the Scheme comprising Mr Michael Debinski, the Scheme Coordinator who has recently overseen an abuse redress scheme at Jewish Care Victoria and Mr John Leatherland PSM who was awarded a Public Service Medal for services to vulnerable families and children.
Further details of the Scheme will be outlined at the announcement of the scheme.
In addition, we are hosting an important Panel event “Silent No More” - an evening of reflection, understanding, healing and regret. The speakers will provide deep insight into the traumatic and lifelong impacts of child sex abuse, and assist the community to understand the responsibility we have to support survivors of abuse. Among the panellists is victim advocate and past Yeshivah College Student, Mr Manny Waks.
The Yeshivah Centre deeply regrets its failure to protect those who were victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by people in a position of trust within the Yeshivah Centre and its schools. These events form part of the Yeshivah Centre’s commitment to address the impact of abuse in our organisation and to implement measures to ensure this never happens again.
Yeshivah Centre, Committee of Management
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