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Jewish Communities - Child Sex Scandals, Agencies Failed to Rescue Lilly Manning

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    Tempest in the Temple - Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals Amy Neustein, ed. Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life Brandeis
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      Tempest in the Temple - Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals
      Amy Neustein, ed.

      Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life
      Brandeis University Press
      2009 Sociology / Jewish Studies 978-1-58465-671-5

      Tempest in the Temple brings together fifteen practicing rabbis,
      educators, pastoral counselors, sociologists, mental health
      professionals, and legal advocates for abuse victims, each of whom offer
      insights into different facets of the problem.

      This book is divided into three sections. The first section, "When
      the Vow Breaks," describes rabbis who break their "vows"
      through active pedophilia. The second section, "Sacrificing
      Victims," illuminates the community dynamics surrounding abuse: how
      a community unwittingly contributes to the cover-up of abuse; why
      victims of abuse are all too often ignored or cast off by their
      religious communities; and the mechanisms by which powerful religious
      institutions protect their own. The third section, "Let Me Know the
      Way," addresses how Jewish communities can overcome the ignorance,
      bias, and corruption associated with clergy sexual abuse.
      Solutions—some already successful, others yet to be tried—are
      explored here.

      describes severe abuse

      California, Texas agencies all failed to rescue Lilly Manning
      By Marjie Lundstrom Jul. 31, 2011

      Lilly Manning was 15 when she escaped from a cramped closet in south
      Sacramento, after being stabbed and beaten and shoved into the darkness.
      This time, she said, she knew she would have to save herself.

      Government documents confirm she was right. Four different agencies
      visited the family at least 11 times on reports of suspected abuse or
      neglect in a five-year period but did not move to protect her or her
      siblings, according to confidential records obtained by The Bee.

      "They came, they looked, they left," said Lilly, now 19, reflecting on
      the parade of visitors from law enforcement, Child Protective Services
      and the schools, some of whom she had secretly called. "We just gave
      up." Today, Lilly Manning lives with more than 100 scars etching her
      5-foot-3 body, physical reminders of the hammer attacks, beatings, burns
      and strikes to the head with a 2-by-4 and a padlock swinging from a
      cord. Earlier this month, her adoptive mother and great-aunt, Lillian
      Manning-Horvath, was sentenced to up to six years in a mental health
      facility, followed by consecutive life terms in state prison.

      The woman's husband, Joseph Horvath, was convicted by a jury in 2009 and
      also sentenced to multiple life terms. Documents and interviews with
      family members also reveal how a domineering matriarch terrified people
      who witnessed and endured years of her verbal tirades and physical

      Authorities swept in, and the rest of the children were taken into
      protective custody in the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 2007. The
      children would never go home again. Help that didn't come

      Lilly says she does not remember much about those chaotic first days and
      has "lots of blank spots" about her childhood. She knows that she and
      her four siblings were removed from their biological mother in the early
      1990s and placed with their great-aunt Lillian, who later adopted them.
      In 2002, their adoptive mom married Horvath, a felon 18 years her

      Lilly wants to know more. She recently sought and received nearly 700
      pages of documents from the Sacramento Juvenile Dependency Court, which
      detail the many missteps among government agencies. She shared those
      records with The Bee. CPS also is preparing to give her her file....

      Ann Edwards, director of Sacramento County's Department of Health and
      Human Services, which oversees CPS, said she could not legally comment
      on Lilly's case for confidentiality reasons. However, she agreed to talk
      in general terms about issues raised by the case.
      "It's not uncommon for siblings to want to remain together," said
      Edwards. "And it's not uncommon for children to be afraid of the

      "It's quite remarkable that even children who are horribly abused
      typically still love their parents, or the people who are abusing them."
      Lilly says today that their adoptive mom often manipulated the kids into
      keeping quiet or lying, promising she would stop the abuse.

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