THE RELIGIOUS PROTECTION RACKET is torn down again, this time the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community is the target, in a story by the New York Times today.
The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested.
Old friends started walking stonily past him and his family on the streets of Williamsburg. Their landlord kicked them out of their apartment. Anonymous messages filled their answering machine, cursing Mr. Jungreis for turning in a fellow Jew. And, he said, the mother of a child in a wheelchair confronted Mr. Jungreis’s mother-in-law, saying the same man had molested her son, and she “did not report this crime, so why did your son-in-law have to?”
… The small cadre of ultra-Orthodox Jews who have tried to call attention to the community’s lack of support for sexual abuse victims have often been targeted with the same forms of intimidation as the victims themselves.
There is nothing more worthy of criminal prosecution than the molestation of a child.
That this heinous act is being perpetrated by men masquerading as religiously pious likely doesn’t surprise anyone at this point.
The woman of the child in a wheelchair mentioned above is not fit to call herself mother.
That the disabled are involved in the molestations should bring the wrath of society down on the ultra-Orthodox community and shame them into dislodging their cozy protection racket that has turned a synagogue into a molesters’ refuge.
The Times cites Our Place, in Brooklyn, as a place that discovered abuse, but then they, too, “received threats” for trying to bring child molesters to justice.