דער חתן פון וועבערמאן'ס קרבן, רעדט זיך אַראָפּ פון האַרץ. ער האָט דאָס געשריבען אויף Frum Follies. לייענט וועט איר פאַרשטיין וואָסערע רשעים עס זענען די וואָס נעמען זיך אָן פאַר מאָלעסטערס.
Editors note by Yerachmiel Lopin – Boorey Deutsch is engaged to be married to the brave young woman who will be testifying against Nechemyah Weberman when he is tried for sexually abusing her between the time she was 12 and 15. The trial is tentatively scheduled for August 30, 2012. He and his kallah (fiancée) have been given a very hard time by the community for pressing charges but they have been steadfast in their pursuit of justice. Many rabbis in the community signed a public letter proclaiming Weberman an innocent victim of a bilbul (blood libel) and urged people in the community to contribute to Weberman’s defense fund. A large fundraiser was held at the Continental catering hall and there was a counter-demonstration by supporters of the victim outside. Later four supporters of Weberman were arrested for offering Boorey and his kallah $500,000 to go to Israel instead of testifying. They also threatened to destroy Boorey’s business, a kosher restaurant, by making sure it could not get a hashgachah (kosher certification). They delivered on that promise and his business failed. Nevertheless he and his fiancée are determined to fully support the prosecution of Weberman. Read what he has to say about this sad situation where the molester is defended and the victim is defamed. In subsequent post I will be calling on my readers to offer support by attending the trial and offering other kinds of support. (Parts of an earlier version of this essay appeared under a pseudonym in other places).
The Klal’s (community) knee jerk reaction to sex abuse accusations is shocking. They are conditioned to be upset about the accusations and feel sorry for the accused. They don’t spend a second thinking about the horrendous implications for the victim. Let me back up a second. That is only true if the accused is another member of the klal. However, if the same victim is abused, attacked or molested by a secular Jew or a non-Jew then the victim is immediately believed and there is uproar in the community. “How dare they touch one of our own? How dare they violate this entire community?”
Did I say shocking? I should have said, reprehensible. It is still the same ben or bas yisroel (Jewish boy or girl) who was violated, humiliated, hurt, abused, used, disgraced, harassed, threatened and victimized. By turning a deaf ear and a blind eye to their pain and truth you, yes all of you, their brothers and sisters, neighbors, friends, teachers, mechanchim (educators), and rabbonim (rabbis) victimize them all over again. You not only double their pain, you compound it over and over again on a daily basis when you don’t believe them and, even worse, support the abuser.
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 9/06/2012
וועבערמאן'ס קרבן'ס חתן שרייבט דברים היוצאים מן הלב
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg