Nechemya Weberman’s supporters struck back at hasidic supporters of the girl he allegedly raped. Weberman was accompanied by four relatives including a woman who took pictures of Hasidim attending today’s court session. Pictures or names were then circulated instantly into online or listserve discussion groups of hasidim.
Two Hasidim attending in support of the alleged victim got messages from their family members telling them that word was circulating about them and they should get out of the courtroom. Both refused to take the advice. As one of them said to me, “I have nothing to be ashamed of. I am there to protect Jewish girls. The shanda (disgrace) is that so many people are afraid to speak up.”
I would add on that such tactics would have been wasted on the students from Yeshiva University who showed up to support the accuser. Even if their peers and family found out about it, most of them would have been supportive or neutral about the decision to attend.