QOTD= Quote Of The Day
Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn writes on his Daas Torah blog in the aftermath of the yesterday’s guilty plea of Rabbi Yosef Kolko on multiple felony counts of sexually assaulting a boy below the age of bar mitzvah,
How is Lakewood going to justify not only facilitating a child molester to continue to go free but also persecuting his victims. How is Rabbi [Yisroel] Belsky going to explain his “investigation” and public declaration not only of Kolko’s innocence but that it was prohibited to go to the police.
If the victim had not gone to the police, there is no doubt that Kolko would have destroyed many other innocent lives from our community. In fact it was only because other victims suddenly came forward that he confessed. How many more victims are there? Even now in England the community is intimidating victims from testifying in the Halpern case.
Hopefully G-d will give these rabbinic leaders the understanding to make major changes in the way they deal with such cases in the future. Hopefully they will no longer try to destroy those who feel that the police and secular justice system are the only way to properly deal with these cases. Hopefully they will wake up before their own children and grandchildren suffer from this illness.