Let me translate for you: the NY District Attorney knows about the abuse, and he knows it’s being hushed up; his statement about organized crime makes that clear. Despite this, systematic and widespread sexual abuse in the Hassidic community has been completely ignored by the D.A. for twenty fucking years.
The facts really speak for themselves, so here are a few more choice quotes:
"The district attorney,
, alleged that the men were part of an effort to protect a prominent member of the Satmar Hasidic community, Nechemya Weberman, who has been accused of 88 counts of sexual misconduct, including oral sex with a child younger than 13 years old…
"In the Williamsburg case, the accuser was in sixth grade when she was referred to Mr. Weberman, an unlicensed therapist, by her Williamsburg religious school…Her parents were told she would be expelled from school unless they paid $150 an hour for him to provide her with therapy…Instead, Mr. Weberman, who is now 53, repeatedly sexually molested her over three years, when she was 12 to 15, and told her that she would be expelled from school if she told anyone…
"And this week, Mr. Hynes’s office is suffering an embarrassing reversal in another abuse case involving an Orthodox Jewish accuser. After revelations that Mr. Hynes’s office had failed to share exculpatory evidence with defense attorneys, lawyers said Monday that all charges against four men accused of raping and forcibly prostituting a Chabad Lubavitch woman from Crown Heights for nearly a decade would be dropped…"
The Catholic Church has nothing on these people, and there are two things I find absolutely mind-blowing. First, the sheer systemacity of this abuse. It’s not a large number of isolated incidents, so to speak: it’s an elaborate system in which rapists and abusers are enabled and protected by an entire community in which the extent of the rape and abuse is an open secret. In case you missed that little detail, a 12-year-old girl’s school required her parents to send her to anunlicensed “therapist” who abused her. This is collusion on a pretty extensive scale.
The second thing that constantly amazes me is how little public attention this community’s fucked-up mores have received. These people aren’t on some isolated fundamentalist ranch in Montana; this abuse isn’t happening under the cover of civil war and general unrest in central Africa. This is going on in New York City, in Williamsburg, just a few blocks away from the “boutique” where you bought that organic local artisanal smoked goat cheese last weekend. It’s absolutely mind-blowing to me that this entire community is basically a semi-autonomous territory inside New York City, a territory which has its own laws, its own paramilitary police force, and which the actual cops are absolutely terrified to enter, and nobody seems bothered by this fact. How the fuck does a school, private or public, operate with so little oversight that it can actually knowingly and deliberately provide a child abuser with victims? Isn’t that exactly why there’s a Department of Education?
If you’re a feminist who lives in or near New York and you’ve ever participated in any kind of protest against sexual abuse or violence against women which occurred in some far-away place you’ve never been, maybe it’s time to pay a little more attention to the sexual abuse and violence against women happening right around the corner. Let’s read the end of that last quote again: “Lawyers said Monday that all charges against four men accused of raping and forcibly prostituting a Chabad Lubavitch woman from Crown Heights for nearly a decade would be dropped.”
A decade of rape and forced prostitution, and these scumbags are walking away scot-free. I’ve seen feminists rally over much less horrifying crimes. Why isn’t anybody paying attention to this?