This was the latest chapter in Lamm's long history of actively undermining the interests of child sexual abuse victims/survivors through his leadership roles.
To their credit, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) came to the defence of victims/survivors against Lamm, expressing disappointment at 'comments made by representatives of other communal organisations that showed an insensitivity to the concerns of victims of child sexual abuse'. This was consistent with the ECAJ apology which they issued in 2017 in which they expressed 'deep regret' for their 'actions and inactions' and their failures to provide support to victims/survivors of child sexual abuse, including during the term of Lamm's presidency of that organisation.
I am pleased to now report that as a result of Lamm’s (mis-)conduct, a significant long-term donor to Mizrachi has advised Lamm of his decision to withdraw financial support to them which has amounted to tens of thousands of dollars annually and to redirect those funds to organisations whose leadership take matters of justice and healing for child sexual abuse victims/survivors more seriously.
I commend the donor for their strong moral stance and encourage other donors to take more of an interest in whether their generous donations are being used to support organisations and leaders who continue to espouse views which are out of touch with broader communal attitudes regarding matters involving child sexual abuse. Withdrawing donations is a powerful way to expose those leaders who continue to hurt child sexual abuse victims/survivors and to influence the behaviour of the organisations which they lead to make them more accountable and to compel them to take child sexual abuse and child safety seriously.
I call on members of Mizrachi who are similarly concerned with the behaviour of their President to consider their position and make their voices heard.