A 13-year-old boy who alleges he was molested by Rabbi Yehuda Kolko told a Brooklyn jury on Thursday that he felt “scared” when the rabbi -- whom he identified from the stand -- stared at him on the street on two occasions in late 2010.
From Penn State to Brooklyn and Too Many Places In Between
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
Jewish Week Online Columnist
When Henry David Thoreau wrote that “most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” he could not have been talking about men who, as young boys, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of supposedly trustworthy adults. Their song, I think, has been robbed from them. And their desperation is heart wrenching.
Critics wonder if new panel on abuse cases will be independent enough; DA may include victims’ advocates.
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Under fire for his handling of child sexual abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community, the Brooklyn district attorney will “possibly” involve some members of the advocacy community on his new task force to combat intimidation of witnesses in such cases, according to a spokesman.
Rabbi Rabbi Uzi Rivlin, who founded an organization to benefit disadvantaged youths, has been charged with two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child following compaints by two Israeli teens who stayed at his home in Teaneck.
The rabbi is a citizen of both Israel and the United States and works as a teacher at Congregation Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, N.Y.
In wake of Jewish Week story, social service agency shared confidential files about abuse case with outsiders.
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In the wake of a Jewish Week story questioning the practice of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services in reporting suspected cases of sexual abuse, the Brooklyn-based social service agency has launched a campaign to clear its name. But while supporters and some former critics of the institution say the effort has proved Ohel acted correctly in the disputed case, others maintain that the promotional effort itself is raising serious ethical, if not legal questions about the agency’s conduct.
With his stinging critique, Judge Guston Reichbach placed himself at the center of a fierce debate in the Orthodox community over how best to police th
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At the sentencing Tuesday of a bar mitzvah tutor and social worker convicted of sexually molesting two boys in Brooklyn, a New York State Supreme Court Judge lashed out at the offender’s Orthodox community for “a communal attitude that seems to impose greater opprobrium on the victims than the perpetrator.”