I recently received a request for how to deal with a person who abuses children by inappropriate touch - but there is not sufficient proof for the police to arrest him. The person thus is a danger - but falls through the cracks of the system. Neither the police or the rabbis want to deal with it. What is needed is a way for communities to be able to share information about such people both for protection and possibly building sufficient evidence for arrest. It is also helpful if such people could be pressured to go to therapy.
Concerned Parent wrote:
What does one do when a parent (or a number of parents) know of an abuser but do not have sufficient evidence for the rabbanim or police to pursue the issue? On one hand, there is clearly a need for the community to awaken to this issue and be much more proactive. On the other hand, a "wild west" type of justice is also not going to work. We are dealing with this situation now, having already been declined by both the police and area rabbinic leaders. We have notified certain parents with young children to be wary of the suspect. Is there anything else that can be done? He is not a teacher or hold another position that allows him access to children. He is something of wanderer nebach type that naturally engenders rachmanus which gets him invited into people's homes.
Thanks for any feedback