Recently, I spoke to Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, the Williamsburg based sex abuse activist. A few months ago Kal Holczler initated a relationship with Nuchem Rosenberg. Kal explained he was from Skver (New Square, which is near Monsey), he had been molested there, and he wanted to go after the molesters by working with the police to catch them. Rabbi Rosenberg was favorably impressed at first and he brokered introductions between Kal and some of the survivors in Skver.
Then he heard that Kal was working with the Skver establishment to establish a vaad (community body) to deal with molesting. When Rabbi Rosenberg confronted Kal, he insisted that this was a better way to do things and Skver’s leadership was ready to change. Rabbi Rosenberg got angry. He pointed out that the leadership fully well knew about the problems and even knew who the molesters were. They could have acted and could act without establishing a special vaad. Moreover Rabbi Rosenberg’s initial assistance was premised on bringing cases to the police. At that point Rabbi Rosenberg cut off all further contact with Kal.
I dread to think about what Kal promised to the Vaad and whether he betrayed the survivors who trusted him. It is possible that the vaad is now busy harassing those who were going to report their complaints to the police. It is possible that he never spoke to the police. When I spoke to Kal he spoke hush-hush about his special connections to the FBI. I am surprised he did not claim to be working with the CIA and Mossad as well.
Sadly, this is another instance where Kal Holczler has shown he should not be trusted.