Today, August 14, 2019 is opening day of the one year window in New York State for victims of child sexual abuse to sue individuals and institutions regardless of how long ago the abuse happened. This is all thanks to the Child Victims Act passed this year by the NYS legislature and signed by Governor Cuomo.
As you follow the news today you will see major lawsuits announced against an array of institutions where abuse happened, usually because of neglectful administration or even worse, administrators who allowed known abusers to stay on staff and continue to work with children. A number of orthodox schools, camps and youth organizations will be among those who are sued.
The bill was passed in spite of over a decade of resistance by the unholy alliance of the Catholic Church, Agudath Israel of America and other groups, like the Boy Scouts. What these groups have in common are long histories of covering up sex abuse and allowing it to fester in their institutions. They also all share the trait of being cheap bums who do not want to properly admit their misconduct and properly repent by doing what they can to make the victims whole, of which one aspect is financial compensation for harm and the costs of healing.
Agudath Israel, and Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz were quite open about the crass financial motives for opposing the Child Victims Act. More devious was the claim that ancient claims are impossible to fairly defend. However, the Agudah position was not to care about the SOL lookback window applying to individual offenders. If they were really concerned about justice they would have defended the individual teachers as well. But it was always about institutional money.
Perhaps the most deceptive position on the issue came from Rabbi Zvi Gluck who celebrated the extension of the criminal statute of limitations but wrote, “The Child Victims Act will, unfortunately, not apply to those victims who were abused prior to the new law going into effect.” This is outright false. The lookback window allows survivors of child abuse to sue (but not press criminal charges) regardless of how long ago it happened. I can only imagine he was using his cred for his work helping survivors of abuse with therapy to ward off threats to the institutions whose backing he needs including the Agudah’s Moetzet. His halachic advisor is Rabbi Elya Brudny, a member of the Moetzet
Those who are considering lawsuits should steer clear of individuals and groups who are opposed to the CVA and spread misinformation about it.
For more detailed criticism of Amudim, see Amudim is Part of the Problem by Asher Lovy
Amudim claims to refer to lawyers for clients who want to pursue legal claims. The Jewish Week tried to confirm the claim and was not able to. Amudim’s Gluck made the absurd claim that publicizing the lookback window would only demoralize victims who were not able to overcome intimidation or reticence and pursue such claims. Besides being ridiculous it lays bare the community strategy of the half-way helpers. Perpetuate a climate of meek acquiescence and then claim cultural sensitivity to timidity.
It pains me to say this at a time when there is a serious shortage of resources to help orthodox survivors of sex abuse. But it must be said. If you want help prosecuting or suing an orthodox sex abuser, stay a million miles away from Amudim. Given their mindset they will not be helpful and they might even undercut your efforts.
This quote of the day comes from Simone Biles, gold-medal olympic winner and one of hundreds of athlete victims of sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar. She is speaking about the USA Gymnastics, the group responsible for the training of top level gymnasts, mostly teens, and their deliberate cover up of Nassar’s sexual abuse. Continue reading
On Friday, July 19, 2019
Last week the President of the Young Israel of Phoenix, David Zuckerman wrote to his congregants about Rabbi Ari Mandel:
For reasons he does not wish to disclose publicly, he will no longer serve as the Rabbi of YIP. Continue reading
To our shame, Israel is a molester haven. A prime example is Malka Leifer who fled Australia in 2008 on one day’s notice when she knew that the police were closing in on her. It is eleven years later, over 50 court hearings later, and yet the extradition process drags on.
Dassi Erlich is one of the survivors of Leifer’s sexual abuse of the girls in the Adaas school in Melbourne where Leifer was the principal. She persists in her struggle to bring Leifer to justice back in Australia. Dassi just posted an updated timeline of her long, frustrating search for justice on FaceBook of the 11 years since Leifer fled Australia and the 56 court hearings in Israel with resolution closer but definitely not there yet.
Thanks to the brave persistence of Dassi, her sisters, and their many supporters, Leifer will probably be delivered up for justice to Australian authorities. But no child molesting criminal should be able to evade justice so long.
Below, in all its excruciating and absurd detail, is the full timeline of the corrupt Israeli handling of the case.
TIMELINE of JUSTICE DELAYED
- 2000 – Malka Leifer arrives in Australia.
- 2008 – Leifer leaves Australia after allegations of sexual abuse with her students. Tickets are paid by Adass School board members.
- 2011 – 3 Police statements are given to police totalling 74 charges of child sexual abuse including rape.
- Aug 14 – Leifer arrested.
Following allegations of sexually abusing young boys Rabbi Shmuel Krawatsky (aka Rabbi K; Stephen Krawatsky) stopped working at Camp Shoresh. Following a Jewish Week article about the allegations he was let go by the Beth Tfiloh school in Baltimore.
Yet the since-closed, year-in-israel Yeshivat Ohr David ( which used to be a YU affiliated program) hosted an alumni event in his Baltimore home on July 14, 2019 (see screenshots below). Are they that incapable of knowing about allegations spread far and wide inside the orthodox world? Are they indifferent?
Yesterday was a great day for 21-year-old, Hasidic pervert Menachem Deutsch. Two years ago it looked like he was going to spend a lot of time upstate. As reported in the Friday June 24th, 2011 New York Post headline, this “Brooklyn Sicko Lured Young Boys into Shul, Then Molested Them.”
The first victim, who turned 12 on Wednesday [June 22], was walking home from school at around 4 p.m. when he was approached by an unidentified man at Simcha Hall, a… shul [that] serves members of the Belz sect… [one of the largest Hasidic groups in Borough Park]. Continue reading