I have been too busy with other things to post for a few days. Briefly, these are the most important stories I want to bring to the attention of readers.
- Childhood abuse victims name alleged abuser [Mendy Tevel in LA]. Activists convinced he was a serial abuser could not get complainants to go to authorities. But several alleged victims were willing to talk to others in their community. So a home meeting was held to share the information with about 50 others. Seems to have worked as a safety warning and may succeed in preventing institutions from employing him. This is a tactic with great potential in the orthodox Jewish community where it is often hard to get victims to report their abuse to the police. I think this tactic may spread and will increase child safety and raise consciousness. Of course, in the wrong hands this has great potential to cause harm to individuals and the fight against abuse if applied incorrectly. The worst case scenario, is replacing legal action with shunning. The best case scenario is that this action will make it likelier that victims will get the support they need to follow through with the legal system.
- YU student lawsuits joining together to include prestigious and effective attorney Jeff Anderson representing 36 alleged victims.
- Michael Powell of the New York Times Lambasts District Attorney Charles J. Hynes for standing by and allowing his surrogate, David Greenfield make inflammatory and untrue statements about his opponent Kenneth Thompson
- Hynes and Thompson had two debates over last two nights. Thompson got the better of Hynes on both of them. Thompson also scored favorable Jewish print publication interviews with Yitzchak Frankfurter in AMI and Albert Friedman in the Zeitung (Yiddish). I am aware of interviews with other important publications coming up. Thompson campaign is also taking additional steps to extend its communication within the Jewish community. When I have time I will try to provide links and commentary. With luck I may come up with a translation of the Yiddish report on the interview with the Zeitung.