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Report: Yeshiva University Insufficiently Responded to Sex Abuse Claims Before 2001

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A Yeshiva University campus. Photo: Jim Henderson. The findings of an investigation commissioned by Yeshiva University (YU) said the school lacked an “appropriate response” to multiple sex abuse allegations before 2001.

“The investigative team found that, up until 2001, there were multiple instances in which the university either failed to appropriately act to protect the safety of its students or did not respond to the allegations at all,” stated a newly released report by the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, theNew York Daily News reported.

“Based on what the investigative team learned from its interviews with victims, this lack of an appropriate response by the university caused victims to believe that their complaints fell on deaf ears or were simply not heard,” the report stated.

Thirty-one plaintiffs, all former students of Yeshiva University High School, have filed a $380 million lawsuit against YU. The Sullivan & Cromwell report said that sex abuse at YU extended beyond the institution’s all-boys high school, without offering any additional details.

“I express my deepest and most heartfelt remorse, and truly hope that our recognition of these issues provides some level of comfort and closure to the victims,” stated YU President Richard Joel wrote. “Although we cannot change the past, we remain committed to making confidential counseling services available to those individual victims in the hope they can achieve a more peaceful future.”

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