Noted Rov and Doctor Warn About Abuse in Summer Camps

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Summer can make or break a child. Gedolim, rabbanim and professionals are strongly urging us to speak to our children before sending them to camp to ensure an enjoyable and abuse-free camping experience.

Recently in Lakewood, a senior posek and senior pediatrician have partnered to warn parents about the dangers of abuse for children in summer camp. Signs have been hung in shuls around Lakewood with the phone number of a hotline, urging parents to call and listen to an important shiur about summer camps and protecting children.

Rav Yaakov Forchheimer, senior posek at Lakewood’s Bais Medrash Govoah, addresses the obligation that a parent has to speak with their children before camp.

Rabbi Paysach Krohn addresses the importance of having open communication with your children.

Dr. Reuven Shanik, a leading pediatrician in Lakewood, is one of the speakers as well as Dr. Hylton Lightman, a leading pediatrician for the Five Towns and Far Rockaway, and Mrs. Debbie Fox, an LCSW and founder of Magen Yeladim International.

To listen to these important messages, call 641-715-3800 and enter code 424536#.

{Matzav.com}

6 COMMENTS

  1. EXTREMELY GOOD JOB. I am an LCSW and see countless clients from all different backgrounds and i can testify from experience that Rav Forchheimer, Dr Shanik, Dr Hylton and Mrs Fox LCSW and Rav Krohn are very very correct. If we speak to our children before camp, there will be no need to speak to them after something happens R”L, because we can prevent it. If we do not educate our chilldren about personal safety, they are clueless and are open vulnerable targets for anyone who wishes to harm them.
    I also have a few clients who unfortunately used drugs and some even overdosed and sadly some even are no longer with us because they were so shattered and broken inside and out from abuse. Our children are crying can we listen to them? Thank you to all the Rabbanim and thanks to YWN for posting this.
    by the way ASAPCare has an online program for camps endorsed by leading Rabbis and professionals, its free and available online – (https://asap.care/summer-camps/) I strongly recommend everyone to CALL or Forward this article to YOUR CAMP DIRECTOR NOW and ask what they are doing to promote camp safety.
    Writing with tears and with joy that we can do something to help our precious yiddeshe neshamos
    Thank you Matzav for posting this.
    Debbi Klein LCSW

  2. I saw someone publicly posted this letter online for everyone to copy and paste and simply email to your childs camp director.

    Dear Camp Director,

    Thanks for making such an enjoyable and fun camp atmosphere every summer.
    As you might know, Matzav.com and many others just published a major article on camp Safety.
    http://matzav.com/noted-rov-and-doctor-warm-about-abuse-in-summer-camps/#comment-1090792
    We as parents wanted to share this with you and implore you to PLEASE reach out to Magen Yeladim at https://mychildsafetyinstitute.org/ or to ASAP care who have an online course at https://asap.care/summer-camps/ to educate the camp staff, counselors and all who will be in direct contact with our precious children while we are not around, about camp safety. Additionally please have your parents and staff listen to the messages of the major Rabbanim professionals and family doctors by calling 641 715 3800 code 424536# about the urgency of speaking to our children before during and after camp. And about Rav Krohn’s message of Open Communication
    We as parents really appreciate your cooperation and help in this matter which will protect our children and also protect your camp’s sterling reputation. Thank you in advance

    Sincerely,

    The Camp Parents

    I urge everyone to go ahead and send this letter now to your child’s camp director. I JUST DID and hope you will do the same
    Malkie

  3. I saw someone publicly posted this letter online for everyone to copy and paste and simply email to your childs camp director.

    Dear Camp Director,

    Thanks for making such an enjoyable and fun camp atmosphere every summer.
    As you might know, Matzav.com and Yeshiva World News and many others just published a major article on camp Safety.
    http://matzav.com/noted-rov-and-doctor-warm-about-abuse-in-summer-camps/#comment-1090792
    We as parents wanted to share this with you and implore you to PLEASE reach out to Magen Yeladim at https://mychildsafetyinstitute.org/ or to ASAP care who have an online course at https://asap.care/summer-camps/ to educate the camp staff, counselors and all who will be in direct contact with our precious children while we are not around, about camp safety. Additionally please have your parents and staff listen to the messages of the major Rabbanim professionals and family doctors by calling 641 715 3800 code 424536# about the urgency of speaking to our children before during and after camp. And about Rav Krohn’s message of Open Communication
    We as parents really appreciate your cooperation and help in this matter which will protect our children and also protect your camp’s sterling reputation. Thank you in advance

    Sincerely,

    The Camp Parents

    I urge everyone to go ahead and send this letter now to your child’s camp director. I JUST DID and hope you will do the same
    Malkie

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