12 More Students Join $380M Sex Abuse Suit Against Yeshiva University

Aug 7, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Forward

Twelve more former students of Yeshiva University High School for Boys who claimed that they were molested by staff members have joined a $380 million lawsuit against the school.

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Aug 7, 2013
 
I have come full circle regarding the students who were abused at YU. At first, I blamed the parents for not going to the school authorities when it occurred. Then I asked why no one went to the police.My initial reaction as a long time teacher at YU as well as a student for a good part of my life was to circle the wagons. I was wrong and admit this before the High Holidays. I have come to the conclusion that it is the YU administration which constantly protects themselves. There are a number of dinosaurs who have been at YU forever who are responsible for allowing some of these students to be abused when information was known regarding the abusers. They are still at YU and some serve on the board of directors. All the excuses regarding Rabbi Finkelstein are absurd. He should never have been allowed to obtain employment at other schools or in Israel after YU. I have proof that students with disabilities are not treated fairly and teachers do not appreciate nor make the effort to understand the severity of their disabilities. YU is supposed to be a private school where Jewish students are treated with Jewish moral laws and compassion. This is not happening. In addition there is favoritism towards children of the big "machers" who can get by with anything. This is cruel. This favoritism holds true throughout YU. As one who has always shown loyalty to YU, raised over 1.5 million dollars for YU, as well as taught there for at least ten years since 1972 I am appalled and I am speaking out on behalf of these students.
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
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On the one hand I would be pleased if Yeshiva University did not suffer a major crippling financial loss from these claims. YU is my second home. One should not throw away the entire institution which is a unique establishment of Torah and secular studies because of these allegations of abuse. However, I feel the students who suffered major harm should be compensated. Those individuals who were responsible, whom I know personally and are known to many others, must be dismissed from all teaching positions and Board positions. They should be legally held responsible. YU should take a lesson from this and revise the way they appoint teachers. They should look into the way they handle students with disabilities and the way teachers are allowed to ignore federal and school mandates at their own discretion. Favoritism for children of specific Rabbis and others must be abolished. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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