Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Yeshiva U. Tossed
01/31/14
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A federal judge tossed out a $680 million sexual abuse lawsuit filed by 34 ex-students of Yeshiva University.

Manhattan federal Judge John Koeltl in his 52-page legal opinion said the victims, who range in age from their late-30s to their early-60s, waited too long to speak up in accusing the institution of turning a blind eye to molestation they say they had suffered there, the New York Post reported on Thursday.

“Statutes of limitations strike a balance between providing a reasonable time for victims to bring their claims while assuring that defendants have a fair opportunity to defend themselves before evidence is lost or memories fade,” Koeltl said. “In this case, the statutes of limitations have expired decades ago, and no exceptions apply.”

Kevin Mulhearn, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, called Koeltl’s decision an “abomination and a disgrace” and said he plans to appeal.

“The court has stood up and said to Yeshiva University, ‘Congratulations, you have succeeded in your cover-up of the sex abuse!” he said.

The suit filed in July alleges the university wilfully turned a blind eye while two of its rabbis sexually assaulted then-teenage boys at the institution’s prestigious high school for boys in Manhattan between 1969 and 1989.

Some of the plaintiffs allege they were attacked by Rabbi Macy Gordon, a former teacher who is accused of sodomizing one victim with a toothbrush during a violent attack in a school dorm room.

Yeshiva University officials in a statement said they are “gratified” by the ruling, adding “our thoughts and remorse remain with those affected and harmed, and the confidential counselling services of Yeshiva University remain available to them.”

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The real strange part of the story is that Macy Gordon's accusers father gave thousands of dollars to YU in 2003 despite the 1980 incident. This is on the internet. His name appears on the same page of YU donors as Macy Gordon!!! Very weird.

"Yeshiva University officials in a statement said they are “gratified” by the ruling, adding “our thoughts and remorse remain with those affected and harmed, and the confidential counseling services of Yeshiva University remain available to them.”

Yes, and that and $2.50 will get these victims on the subway.

The lesson learned from this whole sordid incident is that if you commit a crime, you should lie, delay, obfuscate, blame the victims long enough for the statue of limitations to run out. And then, wring your hands and say "sorry, but the court has spoken, we wish you a bracha and hatzlacha".

The decent thing for YU to do is to pay some kind of restitution to these victims of sexual abuse even though there is no legal obligation to do so. At least not in secular courts.

YU could also set up a fund where the rabbis, teachers and administrators who collectively failed these boys by what they did and did not do, could contribute (anonymously if they wished). That would certainly include but not be limited to Rabbi Lamm.

I am not holding my breath.

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