Baltimore’s Rabbi Steven (Shmuel) Krawatsky (aka “Rabbi K”) and his wife sued two sets of parents who say he sexually assaulted their children at Camp Shoresh. They claimed the defendants hurt his reputation and cost him jobs at the camp and at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. For good measure they sued the NY Jewish Week which published the story and anti-abuse advocate, Chaim Levin who levied that complaint on FaceBook.
At the time of the suit I said it was all bluster, a feeble, but well funded attempt to limit the damage to his reputation and to the reputations of those who backed him sporadically. I am talking about his previous employers, Camp Shoresh and Beth Tfiloh.
Krawatsky’s defenders kept pointing to the lawsuit as proof of Krawatsky’s innocence. That is absurd reasoning. Anyone can sue. The trick is winning. If the other side backs down or settles with an apology or money, you have won.
But none of the cited defendants has done that. The Jewish Week has filed a response.
On Monday (2/18/19) the parents of the Becker and Avrunin children together with Chaim Levin filed their response, a countersuit asking for damages. The parents allege with great clarity, a pattern of grooming, sexual abuse, and compromising pictures of their children. Continue reading →
Maryland court records show that that Rabbi Shmuel (Stephen) Krawatsky and his wife are again suing for defamation against those making or reporting allegations that Krawatsky (aka Rabbi K) sexually abused children in Camp Shoresh. The suit was filed on 10/16/18. The suit names two sets of parents who each allege that their son was sexually abused by Rabbi K. The Krawatskys are also suing activist Chaim Levin, the Jewish Week (JW) which reported on the allegations, and the reporter who wrote the JW story, Hannah Dreyfus. Continue reading →
The Beth Tfiloh (BT) Dahan Community School seeks qualified applicants for the following four positions.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OF JEWISH STUDIES with no confirmed reports of child sexual abuse that can be reported in newspapers. No need to worry about actions of other organizations like the Orthodox Union of Jewish Congregations of America (OU) as long as we can claim never to have heard them. Besides our competitive pay and benefits package, employees unfairly charged can count on the school to secure funding for legal costs which will bludgeon false accusers into submission Continue reading →
You don’t ask someone if he is a pedophile and expect an honest answer. Pedophiles molest in secret. Their inclination is shameful. If they have been molesting for years, they have gotten quite good at having a secret life alongside their respectable public life.
If you want to know, you hook up his genitals to sensors and record his responses to different sexual stimuli. That is the crude description. But in forensic psychology there is a fancy term: Penile Plethysmography (PPG). Continue reading →