Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has warned Agudath Israelâ��s leaders to advise haredi Orthodox Jews to speak to police before speaking to rabbis in suspected child abuse cases. (D.A. Charles Hynes Official Website)1 out of 1

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Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has warned Agudath Israel�s leaders to advise haredi Orthodox Jews to speak to police before speaking to rabbis in suspected child abuse cases. (D.A. Charles Hynes Official Website)

NEW YORK (JTA) – Pressure is growing on the Brooklyn district attorney and the country’s major haredi Orthodox umbrella organization to change the ways they handle allegations of sexual abuse and molestation in the Orthodox community.

A series of recent reports by The New York Jewish Week, the Forward and The New York Times have brought new scrutiny to the special program that Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes established in 2009 to handle sex abuse allegations among haredi Jews in New York.

Under the program, Kol Tzedek, perpetrators’ names were kept confidential and Hynes apparently gave Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox umbrella group, the impression that he sanctioned the practice of rabbis reviewing allegations before they were brought to police.

A firestorm of controversy has surrounded the program in recent weeks, in part due to a pair of front-page stories in The New York Times detailing the communal pressure that alleged victims of sex crimes face in the haredi community.

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