Emmy Awarded to TV Documentary About Abuse and Cover-up in KJ
Suffering in Silence is a nine minute TV new report (Channel 12, Westchester) about the abuse suffered by thirty-seven-year-old Shlomo Weiss at the hands of his father in Kiryas Joel (KJ). Weiss confronts his father on camera for the first time. Shomo talks about his efforts as a teenager to get help from adults in KJ and in the Nitra Yeshiva in Mt. Kisco, NY. But they did nothing to protect him or to protect the other children who were vulnerable inside Shomo’s family and on the school bus his father drove. Instead, worried about the story coming out, they arranged for him to go to a yeshiva in Europe. On camera, we see the PR representative of KJ, a rabbi in Nitra, and his father, continuing to avoid the facts while minimizing the issue and claiming that the community does not cover up sex abuse.
On April 3, 2011,The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (New York Chapter) gave out its 2011 Emmy® awards . The Academy gave Suffering in Silence an Emmy® for Best Religion News Reporting to the reporter, Tara Rosenblum, and the photographer/Editor, Kenneth Pelczar. They deserve it. KJ and Nitra deserve the bad publicity for continuing to cover up most instances of abuse. Shlomo Weiss deserves credit for being brave enough to go public with his story and confronting his father. He did it to help protect other kids by putting pressure on leadership to change and by showing other victims that they are not alone.
Survivors for Justice (SFJ) posted a transcript of the show. I am not sure if it is complete. Ben Hirsch of SFJ is also interviewed in Suffering in Silence.