Religion and Child Rape: “Rabbi Rosenberg believes around half of young males in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community—the largest in the United States and one of the largest in the world—have been victims of sexual assault perpetrated by their elders. “

Ultra-Orthodox Jews who speak out about these abuses are ruined and condemned to exile by their own community. Dr. Amy Neustein, a nonfundamentalist Orthodox Jewish sociologist and editor of Tempest in the Temple: Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals, told me the story of a series of Hasidic mothers in Brooklyn she got to know who complained that their children were being preyed on by their husbands.

In these cases, the accused men “very quickly and effectively engage the rabbis, the Orthodox politicians, and powerful Orthodox rabbis who donate handsomely to political clubs.” The goal, she told me, is “to excise the mother from the child’s life.” Rabbinical courts cast the mothers aside, and the effects are permanent. The mother is “amputated.” One woman befriended by Dr. Neustein, a music student at a college outside New York, lost contact with all six of her children, including an infant she was breastfeeding at the time of their separation.

“The greatest sin is not the abuse, but talking about the abuse. Kids and parents who step forward to complain are crushed.”

Comments
  1. sexhysteria says:

    Interesting report, but is there any truth behind it? How was the scare-word “sexual assault” defined? Does the number Rabbi Rosenberg claims he believes bear any relation to reality? Did the music student “Dr.” Neustein really lose contact with her children? Was she guilty of child neglect herself? It’s convenient for hysterics to assume such scandalous reports are wholly true, but you and I are no position to verify them. We have no idea if they are really just journalistic fiction.

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