Ultra-Orthodox teacher Malka Leifer was ‘teary’ after being stood down over sexual abuse allegations

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As ultra-Orthodox Jewish principal Malka Leifer was stood down over allegations she sexually abused three women she cried and claimed to have done nothing wrong, her trial has been told.

The former head of religious studies at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs was stood down in March 2008 over complaints made by sisters Nicole Meyer, Dassi Erlich and Elly Sapper.Leifer, a 56-year-old mother of eight, has pleaded not guilty to 29 charges of sexual abuse, including rape, and is standing trial in Victoria’s County Court.

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  1. Ulta-Orthodox Jewish communities often suffer from a lack of meaningful accountability, which can become a significant factor frustrating alleged victims when there are sexual abuse claims.

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