Breaking Israel's ultra-Orthodox Taboo on Discussing Sexual Abuse

Recent incidents highlight the increasing awareness in Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of the danger of sexual abuse and the necessity of finding communally acceptable ways to address it.

Many questions still surround the alleged rape of a five-year-old girl in Modi’in Ilit, and it is too early to draw any conclusions. The source of the allegations that made a big splash last week was the supervisor of the kindergartens in the town. She told the police and interviewers from Channel 2 that she had made the whole thing up just in order to evoke a discussion within the ultra-Orthodox community, but...