The hope, [founder Rabbi Mark Dratch] said, is that the "seal of approval" he will provide will become "something that parents would begin to look for."Any effort that makes dealing properly with the problem of sexual abuse into a basic requirement of Jewish communal life (and not having the tools to deal with it properly into something the community will effectively penalize you for) is of-course not only welcome but well overdue, although details still seem sketchy at the moment, and how well it will be received in practice remains to be seen. My initial -- and admittedly minor -- thought, however, is that while 'JSafe' is a clever acronym, it is perhaps not such a great name. You can never guarantee to parents that their children are in an abuse-free environment (which is what 'JSafe' makes it sound like), merely that the problem will be dealt with seriously and properly when it comes to light. The name 'JSafe,' I think, potentially lulls people into a false sense of security.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Also in the Forward, Steven I. Weiss reports on plans for a new organization called JSafe: The Jewish Institute Supporting an Abuse Free Environment, which will "certify organizations that adopt policies to combat the problem" of sexual abuse:
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