A current member of the executive of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) reportedly told a victim of child sexual abuse at Chabad's Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, Australia that when the victim testified at the Royal Commission investigating child sex abuse at Chabad institutions the victim caused a chillul Hashem (desecration of God’s name). The victim needs to accept that for that reason alone Chabad people want to have nothing to do with him, the good rabbi allegedly said.
Victims advocate Manny Waks writes:
It is disappointing to learn that a current member of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) Executive recently told a Yeshivah victim of child sexual abuse, that his giving evidence at the Royal Commission was a Chillul Hashem (desecration of God’s name), and that the victim needs to accept that for that reason alone people want to have nothing to do with him.
The victim believes, and I fully concur, that the RCV Executive member's statement and support for that conduct, is a form of ongoing bullying, intimidation and shunning, as similarly referred to in the Royal Commission’s proposed findings as follows:
Finding 51“AVB, AVC, Manny Waks and Zephaniah Waks and his family have all experienced criticism and shunning by some members of the Yeshivah community by virtue of having been victims of child sexual abuse or their advocacy on the issue of child sexual abuse in the community. This has resulted in their feeling cast out of the Yeshivah Community”
Finding 52“Rabbi Telsner’s sermons of 18 June 2011 and 16 July 2011, and the refusal of Aliyah to AVB and Zephaniah Waks, were means by which Rabbi Telsner could publicly express his disapproval of actions taken by AVB, Manny Waks and Zephaniah Waks in response to the police investigation of child sexual abuse at the Yeshivah Centre. The refusal of aliyah was a means of religious shunning. The Rabbi’s disapproval of AVB, Manny Waks and Zephaniah Waks encouraged some members of the community to disapprove of AVB, Manny Waks and Zephaniah Waks and their families, who experienced silencing, shunning and ostracism as a result. This in turn contributed to Manny Waks and his family, and Zephaniah and Haya Waks moving overseas.”
Understandably, the latest statement by the current member of the RCV Executive has caused the victim and his family a great deal of pain.
This matter has been brought to the attention of the RCV. We hope and expect that the current RCV leadership treats this matter with the urgency and seriousness it requires. We await their response.
The "current member of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) Executive" is, I'm told by another source intimately familiar with the situation in Melbourne, Chabad Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum. Greenbaum's father served as a psychologist for several people on the wrong side of the Chabad Melbourne child sex abuse scandal and other members of his family do things like run schools who employ people who attacked victims of child sex abuse for reporting the crimes to police and pressing their cases before the Royal Commission.