Abuse

Two victims explain why they didn't report abuse

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 24, 2013

Jewish victims of child sex abuse have spoken out about serious sexual crime being perpetrated within the UK’s strictly Orthodox Jewish community, writes Jonathan Kalmus.

Two victims — who are not involved in the Dispatches film — have spoken exclusively to the JC.

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Satmar sex abuse counsellor Weberman given 103 years

By Anna Sheinman, January 22, 2013

A Satmar counsellor found guilty of 59 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl has been sentenced to 103 years in jail.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, of Brooklyn, New York was found guilty of abusing a girl for three years, which began when she was 12 years old. The girl had been sent to him for religious counselling because she was deemed “rebellious” by her Orthodox school.

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How Israel leads world in sex trade fight

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Britain is being urged to look to Israel for lessons in how to combat human trafficking and rehabilitate victims.

Labour MP Frank Field and former Conservative MP Anthony Steen are among those praising Israel for making trafficking “a priority issue”, prosecuting perpetrators to such an extent that shelters that were once full of trafficked Eastern European women are now empty of them.

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Chasidic counsellor guilty of sexual abuse of young girl

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

A Satmar counsellor has been found guilty of 59 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl in a case that has caused outrage in his Brooklyn community.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, was found guilty on Monday of a three-year-long abuse of a girl, which began when she was 12 years old. The girl had been sent to him for religious counselling because she was deemed “rebellious” by her Orthodox school.

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Brooklyn counsellor ‘forced sex acts on girl’

By Anna Sheinman, December 6, 2012

A prominent figure on the modesty committee of Brooklyn’s Chasidic Satmar community is standing trial accused of 88 counts of sexual abuse of a young girl, which included forcing her to watch and re-enact pornography.

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Alleged rape victim of Brooklyn counsellor had to ‘re-enact pornography’

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

The alleged teenage rape victim of a Satmar Chasidic community leader in Brooklyn, New York, testified on Friday that she was forced to watch pornography and then re-enact the sex acts, the New York Daily News has reported.

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Brooklyn counsellor accused of sexual assault on a minor

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A strictly-Orthodox Brooklyn counsellor is standing trial in the Brooklyn Supreme Court charged with 88 counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, has been accused of forcing a girl of only 12 to perform oral sex on him when she was sent to him for counselling for being rebellious.

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Multiple sex offence trial rocks Australia

By Dan Goldberg, November 23, 2012

Another major Jewish organisation in Australia is embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal, adding to the trauma triggered by recent revelations of similar cases involving students at a Chabad and Adass Israel school.

The name of the organisation, the defendant and the alleged victims cannot be revealed due to a court suppression order.

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Jewish Women's Aid: Helping abused children

By Sandy Rashty, November 19, 2012

As cases of domestic abuse within the Jewish community rise, Jewish Women’s Aid’s first specialist children’s worker is now dealing with 55 children from the Barnet area.

Nicola Wilson, whose position is funded by Children in Need, has seen more than 100 children since joining JWA two years ago. The youngest are just three, the oldest sixth-form age.

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Rape accuser: rabbis would not help me

By Simon Rocker and Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A trial opened this week to allegations of rape inside the strictly Orthodox Jewish community.

Menachem Mendel Levy, 40, denies eight counts of rape or sexual assault of a young Orthodox woman, including three of indecent assault when she was a minor.

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