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Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Urim Publications (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9655240649
  • ISBN-13: 978-9655240641
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Dr. Michael Salamon raises some very important questions about the role of spiritual leaders giving guidance on matters of abuse in the Jewish community. One need not agree with Dr. Salamon on every case he cites to recognize that the issues he addresses must be confronted by the Jewish community and its leadership.'' --Rabbi Hershel Billet

''Dr. Michael Salamon combines years of experience in treating victims of sexual abuse and an intimate knowledge of Orthodox Judaism. In his valuable new book he clarifies the trauma resulting from abuse and the particular impact of religious values in creating difficulties in confronting predators and in therapy. Reading this work will help the community make the changes needed to effectively reduce the present threat to many of our youth.'' --Rabbi Yosef Blau

''Dr. Michael Salamon, a clinical psychologist with 2 decades of experience treating frum victims of abuse, is the author of the newly-released book Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims (Urim). This excellent, comprehensive book provides harrowing statistics and stories that illustrate the extent as well as the causes of this widespread evil within our midst.

On behalf of all JewishMOMs everywhere I would like to thank Dr. Salamon and his publisher (and mine) Tzvi Mauer as well as Rabbi Blau, who provides the book's haskama, for taking the brave step to publish and support this controversial book in order to keep our children safe, IY''H.'' --Chana Jenny Weisberg, JewishMOM.com

About the Author

Michael J. Salamon, PhD, is the founder and director of the Adult Developmental Center, Inc. (ADC), a comprehensive psychological consulting practice in Hewlett, New York. The ADC specializes in substance abuse and alcoholism counseling; crisis management; child, family, and marital counseling; and gerontology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association as well as of the Gerontological Society of America’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Section.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Catholic Church's sex scandal involves some 3,000 priests. A 1998 study found that one in four Protestant clergy who do not have the oath of celibacy had inappropriate sexual contacts with someone who was not their spouse. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2008 that one in four women and one in nine men are subjected to domestic violence. Sexual violence reported to police increased about thirty percent since 1990. The number of Jewish rabbis and teachers that abuse children is not known but, as Dr. Michael Salamon verifies in this important book, it is also high. And something must be done to stop it.

Salamon describes what constitutes abuse, mistreatment, neglect, violence, and trauma, and narrates many episodes of each in Jewish communities. There is abandonment, stalking, and physical, sexual, emotional, and substance abuse. The abusers are rabbis, teachers, coaches, family members, spouses, neighbors, and a wide variety of people who place themselves in positions of dominance, including social workers, bosses, and camp counselors. Too often people who are abused are not even aware that they are being exploited and mistreated. Salamon describes how abusers manipulate their victims.

Salamon points out that the divorce rate among shidduch weddings - a practice among ultra Orthodox Jews who shun dating and have arranged marriages - is very high because of domestic violence. In 2008, a senior police officer in the ultra-Orthodox community in Bnai Brak in Israel reported that the number of sexual offenses in this community is higher than any other city in Israel. A study showed that in 2007, 95 percent of sexual offenses in Jerusalem were committed by the ultra-Orthodox.
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