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Ultra Orthodox Sex Abuse

Justice?

Chaim Levin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Just under 10 years ago, I came forward with a secret that haunted the majority of my life. A secret that I once swore I'd never tell anyone, it ate at the fiber of my soul every single second of every day. Now, I am proud of myself for doing what I once believed I'd never be able to do.

What, Indeed, Was Manis Friedman Thinking?

Chaim Levin | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

As a survivor of chronic, violent sexual abuse, I found Rabbi Friedman's statements ill informed, insensitive and deeply offensive, shunting the formidable struggles of survivors of such deeply damaging crimes. It is time for community members to demand answers and support survivors.

Getting A Grip On Religious Sex Abuse

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet

A message must go out to all segments of society including every religious community that sex abuse is a severe crime. The consequences to victims are real. The response must be robust. Not to deal with it forthright is to share in the guilt.

Incompetence Or Corruption: Ultra-Orthodox Sex Abuse And The Brooklyn District Attorney

Chaim Levin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

It is time that the Brooklyn D.A. take a real stand against victim and advocate intimidation and witness tampering. It appears that the exact opposite is occurring.

Hasidic Sexual Abuse Is 'Less' Orthodox Not 'Ultra' Orthodox

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Covering up sexual abuse is antithetical to Jewish law. The more ultra pious and Jewishly observant you are the less likely you should be to engage in sexual abuse coverups.

"A Scandal Grows in Brooklyn" -- the Problem When a D.A. Plays Politics

Abe George | Posted 11.28.2012 | New York
Abe George

As a former prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the critical importance of pursuing justice with no regard for special interests. That is because a district attorney should never play politics with people's lives. Charles Hynes clearly thinks differently.

Credit the Times -- and the Jewish Week

Len Levitt | Posted 08.25.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

After 23 years of subservience to the borough's powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes announced the indictment of four men for attempting to silence an alleged victim of sexual abuse.

Taking Back Our Souls: A Reaction To Sexual Abuse

Chava Tombosky | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

As G-d stands watching our reaction, we are forced to create an initiative that I dare say, can take on a new day if we are willing and open. As a first step in destroying the silence, I invite you all to belong to a new community and a new higher consciousness.

Sunshine Protects Child Abuse Victims

Tom Allon | Posted 07.22.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

Great journalism -- our society's sunlight which shines on our darkest places -- is helping parents and children get justice in Brooklyn. For that, I say, amen.

Blind Faith And Child Sexual Abuse: Is Any Group Getting This Right?

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 09.26.2011 | Religion
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

Can we not agree that clergy are not CSI experts, and that suspected crimes should be reported promptly to the police for a proper investigation?