NY--Prosecutor seeks info on rabbi
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 3
Statement by Mary Caplan of Manhattan, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (917-439-4187, Mcaplan682@aol.com)
We’re grateful that Bronx prosecutors are using their bully pulpit to beg possible victims of a rabbi to come forward. At the same time, we’re disappointed in synagogue officials who are selfishly acting timid and callous.
Rabbi Rosenblatt of Riverdale Jewish Center is accused of taking “young congregants to a gym to play squash or racquetball and then to the shower, and, often naked, to the sauna or hot tub.” Some of the boys, now grown, said that he “gawked at their naked bodies, or would often rest a hand on a clothed leg during one-on-one nighttime chats at the rabbi’s house.”
We urge anyone with information or suspicions about Rosenblatt to call law enforcement authorities – not synagogue staff – right away.
Finally, shame on Rosenblatt for attacking his accusers and their alleged motives. We see predators doing this all the time – impugning the intentions of those who expose their misdeeds. Rosenblatt has no idea why some are accusing him and speculating about what drives them will only deter others who have seen, suspected or suffered sexual misconduct from speaking up.
Rosenblatt can defend himself without assailing others. That’s what he should do.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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