The rationale for pressuring victims to not testify in secular court is presumably that such offenses should be dealt with within the community. To then turn around and use the victims’ silence to claim a chezkas kashrus (presumption of suitability/of being safe) for the perpetrator so that he will continue to be trusted is worthy of the Annual Rabbinic Chutzpah Prize, Middas Sodom Division.
As I reported at the time, Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins was fired as a teacher in Miami because of sex abuse allegations. Nevertheless a number of prominent rabbis wrote letters proclaiming his innocence. Some of them did it because of the influence of R. Avrohom Chaim Levin.
Emboldened and funded by his defenders, Bodkins sued the blogger, AdKan, who placed Bokins on the blog’s wall of shame.
Ad Kan faced down the lawsuit and prevailed because Bodkin’s backers were unwilling to be deposed. Bodkin’s backers owe AdKan an apology.
I would also urge Jewish Community Watch to put Bodkins on their Wall of Shame. This is a case that has withstood claims of libel. Moreover, Jewish Community Watch held an event in Miami at which they had a victim of Bodkins speak about his abuse. I know there are arguments for and against Walls of Shame. But if a website is going to have one, I can see no reason to keep Bodkins off it. All of us who take risks in supporting abuse victims have to make our own individual judgments about which cases to carry at the risk of being sued. However, I feel we owe each other support when the case is unequivocal and the risk has been successfully weathered by others at great personal cost.